I recently had my parents and grandmother over to celebrate my mom’s birthday. Eager to find a menu that would knock my mom’s socks off, Many and I put our noggins together and came up with a winner! First, we needed an appetizer. Inspired by fellow throwdowner Aurélie Ptito‘s account of a friend’s recipe, we decided to prepare the same dish: tomato, basil, and goat cheese served between two slices of Panko fried eggplant with a drizzle of balsamic reduction on top. It’s a sort of twist on the Caprese salad that I know my mom loves.