Why does everything piled with layers have to be called a "Napoleon"?
I know the origin of the word has nothing to do with that short French general Napoleon Bonaparte, but instead, means "Napolitain", the French word for the city of Naples.
That is the language lesson for the day (which has nothing to do with the eggplant in this post!).
These are just lovely layers of grilled eggplant, roasted red pepper, fresh basil and uber fresh mozzarella cheese.
Drizzled with a balsamic syrup, made by simmering a cup of balsamic vinegar in a saucepan until it becomes thick. Pour it over berries, sardines, or these wonderful eggplant Napoleons.
These make for a great lunch or appetizer.
August at its finest.