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Eggplant Parmesan

I hesitated to blog this as I have no picture and even a mediocre picture often seems to be better than no picture at all. However after a couple of weeks went by I still wanted to include it here so I decided what the heck. I’m sure this won’t be the last such post for many reasons. I like eggplant and have wanted to make eggplant parmesan for awhile now. I haven’t ever really cooked with eggplant before except when adding it to green curry. Ed has always said that he is not a huge fan of eggplant, he doesn’t like mushy squash, so I kept putting it off. I decided that since we were now eating only vegetables that this was the time to try it. We were definitely going to have to start branching out in our main dish repertoire if we were to eat well for the next few weeks. As I said I had never made this before so I did a little recipe surfing and found one to start from. This turned out really well. Ed had seconds, Gabriel asked for more, and Ksenia’s boyfriend couldn’t stop talking about it. Success!

Eggplant Parmesan

adapted from allrecipes

1 3/4 large eggplants – peeled and cut in approx. 1/4″ slices
3 eggs
2 cups italian breadcrumbs
1 cup grated parmesan
6 cups marinara sauce – jarred or homemade, I used homemade
120z shredded mozzarella cheese
4oz shredded parmesan cheese
salt

preheat oven to 400 degrees

Salt eggplant slices and place in a colander for 30 mins to sweat and drain. Rinse well and pat dry.

Beat the eggs and place in a shallow dish and then combine the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese in another shallow dish. Coat eggplant in egg, then dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Place in single layer on a baking sheet. bake in oven for twenty minutes flipping at 10 mins.

In a 9×13 baking dish place a small amount of marinara sauce on the bottom, enough to coat. layer eggplant, shredded parmesan cheese, marinara sauce and mozzarella twice. on the third layer just use eggplant and the 2 cheeses.

Bake for 30-35 mins until golden brown.

Serve with spaghetti tossed with butter, italian seasonings and parmesan cheese

Enjoy!

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