Recipes from Today’s Show: Eggplant Rollatini

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TODAY on MHTV: I had so much fun visiting with a fourth-grade class in Garden City, NY, last winter that I invited their teacher, John Contratti, to come on the show and share some of his favorite recipes: an easy, cheesy eggplant rollatini and a savory side dish of sauteed radicchio and endive tossed with chickpeas and walnuts. More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:

Eggplant Rollatini

Radicchio and Endive Side Dish

Get the recipes from the 11:30 a.m. ET show: Improvising in the Kitchen

Watch ”Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” Mondays at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT, Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

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  • Keri July 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Hi Lucinda. Great show today. I was quite impressed with your guest John Contratti. He seems quite the professional in the kitchen. The recipes look delicious.


  • Jackie July 26, 2011 at 11:40 am


    Great guest today. Being a teacher, I just discovered you this summer.
    John shows what teachers should be all about. “Being Creative”. The food looked outstanding. I can’t wait to try his side dish.


  • Michael July 26, 2011 at 11:49 am


    I’m a big eggplant lover. I always thought rollatini would be time consuming to make. Your guest John made it seem quite simple to prepare. He appears to be a natural cook/chef. I would love to see him share more recipes with you on Mad Hungry.


  • Frances July 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm


    What a delightful gentleman you had on today. Quite the professional cook.
    The show flew by watching the two of you cook such wonderful food.
    I would like to see the two of you cook again. He no doubt has a talent for cooking.


  • Helen July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Lucinda,

    My cable provider is Verizon, so when I saw that Mad Hungry’s guest was teacher John Contratti I thought it was a new episode. I still watched the repeat episode and once again loved it. Please bring him back to cook. He was my favorite guest cook from last season.


  • Teresa July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Wow! Great recipes today. The vegetable combination looked delectable.
    I would love to learn some more recipes from this special guest. This was a very good episode.


  • Jess July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I remember when this episode originally aired and how much viewers enjoyed it with their positive comments. I fully agree. It’s basically a “NO-BRAINER”. This guy should be cooking again on Mad Hungry. I hope viewers will get to see him very soon.


  • Nick July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Those recipes today were great. The rollatini looked so good. I can’t wait to make it.


  • beth July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Oh i love you so much, Lucinda. I am so glad you are back on with 2 episodes every day..even when it is a repeat!!! Your show makes me so happy and HUNGRY! I LOVE LOVE LOVE when you have your family on..especially Calder! He is adorable and i love the interaction with him. I can honestly say when i watch your show i feel so comfortable and cozy and warm. You just make me smile. And of course all your recipes are outstanding..i think we have had the roasted cauliflower once a week 🙂 tonite will be the meatloaf with bologna. You are just the best, classiest, coolest woman on TV..and your family rocks. Thank you for providing so much pleasure..and fabulous recipes and tips.

  • Allison July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Great show today. Your guest John Contratti rocks with those recipes. I can’t wait to try them. Would love to see John cook more great dishes on your show.


  • Sue Buckley July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Lucinda, Loved your show today. I had all of the ingredients from the show an I’m cooking the dish as I write this email. Can’t wait to taste this dish.

    Love your show (new and repeats) can’t wait for the new session to start in September.

  • Ronnie July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hello Lucinda,

    I am so excited for a new season of Mad Hungry. Loved your guest John Contratti today. I know today’s episode was a repeat. I hope Mad Hungry has filmed a new episode with him for when your new season begins.


  • David July 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    A++++ for guest John Contratti. It’s quite apparent how organized he must be with his students by the way the recipes flowed so naturally. The vegetable side dish looked awesome.
    Lucinda, you have discovered someone, and by the reaction of your loyal viewers, I have to agree with the comment from Jess, it is a no-brainer, this guy should be back sharing some more dishes with viewers. People are always discovering new talents out there, and you certainly have with this guy. Kudos to you LSQ.

  • Marilyn July 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Lucinda,

    Just read that you are filming 50 new episodes of Mad Hungry. I hope today’s guest has been back to film one of them already. I’m sure he’s an excellent teacher, but I can see he is a terrific cook. Can’t wait to see him again.
    Hooray for 50 more episodes!


  • Terri R. July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I can’t tell you how 50 new Mad Hungry episodes excites me. (It’s the little things like this that make my day.)
    As for today’s episode, I found the recipes to be top notch. This gentleman is more than a teacher, he’s a COOK!!! I DVR each day and watch at night. I hope I turn on the show in the Fall and I see this gentleman cooking again with you. He so deserves to show off his cooking talents once again.
    Has Calder been filming with you??

    Terri R.

  • Nancy July 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Lucinda, I have watched your knife skills. Very impressive !! I see that you use a Misona 440. After going to their website, I see that there are several. Could you tell me which knife you use and do you use the same one for cutting meat as well as cutting veggies.

    Thank you,


  • Ben July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Lucinda,

    Congratulations on 50 more episodes. You so deserve it ! Today’s guest is a perfect example why Mad Hungry is such a special show. I love the closeness of friends and family. That’s what makes your show so appealing. Yes, please bring today’s guest back . It’s like catching up with an old friend.


  • Jenny July 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I made today’s recipes for dinner. We just finished. They were outstanding.
    Loved your guest John.


  • Cathy July 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I was very impressed with the show that aired today with the 4th grade teacher, John Contratti. I am very inspired to try out Mr. Contratti’s recipes. I would be interested to see him again on the show!


  • Nancy July 27, 2011 at 7:17 am

    These two recipes are perfect matches. What a great guest! Have a great day.


  • WildRoses July 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I caught just a few minutes of this episode as I was walking out the door yesterday morning. I have an eggplant in my fridge that needed a different take on it than eggplant parmesan. Thanks for a new recipe, just in time. I look forward to making this dish.

  • laura July 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    When I try to get a recipe all that comes up is a picture of the recipe and a blank screen.

  • Terri August 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I made these recipes last night. They were delicious. Does anyone know why Lucinda is so selective when answering on her blog? These two recipes and episode received such great feedback from viewers and there wasn’t even a response to any of our questions and comments.As a viewer I’m always interested to see what other people are saying and love when the host of the show responds to us.

  • Alan Wilhite August 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I made this eggplant dish and really like it. The second time I made it I brushed the eggplant slices lightly with garlic-herbed olive oil and then baked them in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes. This saved the step of cooking them on the stove top. I think baking them in the oven added a layer of flavor and was easier for me do do in quantity. I am adding this to my book. Thanks so much!~

  • Marc August 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I finally made this recipe of eggplant and it was so great. The side dish I made weeks ago and loved that too.
    Looking back,I just don’t understand why Ms. Quinn did not not make one comment on this blog. So many viewers commented about the super recipes and the wonderful guest of the day, and she made no mention of either. Everyone is congratulating her on 50 new episodes, but still nothing. I find that extremely unprofessional and rude. If she didn’t comment on other day’s blogs I could understand it. Going through the daily blogs, she’ll have one comment for the whole day and she’ll comment back to that one. Why have a blog if you can’t take the time to respond back to your viewers? It shows disrespect to viewers who take the time to watch and write each day. I know so many people who have never heard of Mad Hungry and even that a Hallmark Channel exists. You think people would be more gracious.

  • Lynn December 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Fabulous! John Contratti’s recipe is wonderful. I knew John back in our college days. His mother is an amazing cook so he comes by the talent naturally. Thank you for sharing this food with us. I will try your recipe at home with my two boys. John must be an amazing teacher. What a great show.

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