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Friday, March 20, 2009

Eggplant Parmesan - Dinner for Two

I decided to make some eggplant parmesan for dinner. I baked the eggplant rather than fry it before hand as some recipes tend to call for. The pic below has a paprika bottle in it, which is actually supposed to be oregano. I didn't realize that I had put the wrong herb out until I already started cooking.


2 medium sized eggplants

1 1/2 c Panko Crumbs
1/2 Grated Parmesan
1 egg

1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 small tomato diced and deseeded
1/4 sweet onion (chopped)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 tsp dry basil
1 tsp dry parsley
1 tsp dry oregano
Salt and pepper

fresh mozzorella

Preheat oven to 375˚

For marinara sauce:
in a sauce pan, heat some extra virgin olive oil and sautee the garlic. Add onions and cook until semi-translucent. Then add in diced tomatoes and stir to mix flavors. Add in tomato sauce. Season with basil, parsley, oregano and a nice pinch of salt and pepper. Cook to simmer.

Baked Eggplant:
Grease baking sheet or ovenware with a little olive or canola oil. (I use pam)

Cut off both ends of each eggplant, slice down the center and divide each half into two. You should have 8 pieces. You may peel the skin, if you'd like.

In two separate dishes, place one with the panko crumbs and parmesan, the other with the egg - scrambled. Dip each piece of eggplant in the egg (coating well), then into the crumb mix (again coating well) and place onto baking pan.

Bake in oven for a good 20-30min.

To serve in casserole, ladle 1/3 of the tomato sauce coating the bottom. Arrange eggplant accordingly on top and pour over the rest of the sauce. Place pieces of the mozzarella on top and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese look like melted blobs.

My wacked scoop, which doesn't do the inside justice. But it was delicious.


Anonymous said...

The Eggplant Parmesan looks really good! great recipe!

Jan said...

Ooooh yum!!! Now that sounds and looks deee-lish!

Tangled Noodle said...

That looks great! I love all that melted cheese on top . . .

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious! I've been looking for a great eggplant parmesan recipe. I can't wait to try yours, and I love the use of panko crumbs.

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