Monday, July 20, 2009

Eggplant Parm


Eggplant parm is something I like to order in restaurants, but I have never cooked it myself. That is, until last week.

I picked up a nice looking eggplant knowing that Jon wouldn't be home for dinner one night - he wouldn't touch the stuff! I have made chicken parm and similar cheesy-baked chicken dishes before, so just made this one up as I went along.


Before cooking with eggplant, slice it, toss with some salt, let it sit in a colander for about 30 minutes to draw out some of the water. Rinse and pat dry.

Ingredients
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced into rounds
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Breadcrumbs mixed with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Cheese - I used some fresh mozzarella as well as some Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil, chiffonaded
  • Sauce - I used jarred sauce (!!!!) instead of spending the time to make my own.

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pan; preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Dip eggplant in flour, egg, flour egg, then breadcrumbs. This double-dip method makes a thicker crust
  • Place in the pan and fry for 2 min on each side, or until golden brown
  • Spread some sauce in a baking dish
  • Place fried eggplant in the dish; top with more sauce, cheese, and fresh basil
  • Bake on 375 for 10 minutes

I served the eggplant with thin spaghetti tossed in the sauce.

When you can buy a beautiful eggplant for $1.49, there is no reason to order this from a restaurant! It was absolutely delicious, and I can't decide which I liked better - the ones topped with mozzarella (on the left) or the others topped with Parmesan (on the right). The fresh basil is a must, dried just would not work and wouldn't give the fresh, bright, herby (is that a word?) finish on top.



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2 comments:

Colleen said...

This looks delicious -I have never made it either, but I want to try this!

MrsSchoon said...

Looks great! I had eggplant parm for the first time a couple months ago and loved it. I'll have to try this sometime.