Eggplant Parmesan

Today I’m featuring another recipe from Hubby’s mother. Hubby loves eggplant parm. It’s another one of the things his mom usually makes for us when we’re in town because she knows how much he loves it. Recently, we requested the recipe from her and Hubby made it at home all by himself.

Hubby likes to claim this is a healthy recipe since it’s vegetarian. I would not call this healthy, but it sure is delicious. Hubby used Panko bread crumbs because that’s all I keep in the house. I really this they give a much better texture than regular bread crumbs. If you wanted, you could make this with meat sauce if you feel like it needs some meat. Eggplant is a very meaty vegetables, so I think it’s fine without it.

This recipe also freezes really well. I wish I had thought of that back when we did our kitchen renovation and stocked up on frozen food. Since this makes a whole casserole dish, we ate it for leftovers all week. But if you don’t like leftovers, just portion it out into individual tupperware containers and freeze it after it has cooled completely.

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Eggplant Parmesan

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

Sauce (1 large jar or homemade)
1.5 lb. eggplant, look for long slender firm eggplant
2 eggs, beaten
1.5 cups Panko cread crumbs, seasoned with salt and pepper
Cooking oil
1 lb. mozz shredded or thinly sliced
1/4 cup parmesan grated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.

Peel eggplant and slice about 1/4 inch thick. Dip into egg and let it drip off, then into bread crumbs. Set aside on a sheet of waxed paper.

Heat a jelly roll pan with enough oil to cover the bottom in the oven. When hot, add eggplant but see sure not to over-crowd the pan. Cook until nice and brown and crispy, then turn. Drain on paper towels.

Turn oven to 400.

Layer in a 13x9 baking dish 1/3 sauce, 1/2 eggplant, 1/2 mozzarella cheese, repeat, end with last 1/3 sauce. Sprinkle parmesan on top.

Bake uncovered for 15-20 min.

Recipe from Hubby's mom

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10 Responses to “Panzanella – Barefoot Bloggers”

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    Prudy — August 14, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful photos. We loved it too.

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    Joelen — August 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    This is such a great dish and so colorful too!

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    Veronica — August 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Looks beautiful! I agree it comes together pretty fast.

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    Cat's — August 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Glad you loved it!
    ~The Cat’s Pajamas

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    Kirsten — August 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Your salad looks great! Glad to see a fellow Boston girl (well, we left the city 2 years ago but still work here) on the Bloggers!

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    Melissa — August 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Looks great!

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    Courtney — August 14, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Wow your salad looks so good. I think I am going to try making this again after a trip to the market this weekend.

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    webbie — August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Great picture! I’ve been thinking that this would be great for Shakespear in the Park. Cool and refreshing!

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    Cate — August 15, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I love Panzanella, but haven’t had Ina’s version yet (Tyler’s is delish!) – perfect recipe for summertime.

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    giz — August 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Good tip on the croutons – this one looks like a total winner.

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