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Eggplant Parmigiana

From Wikipedia:

Parmigiana or eggplant parmigiana (Italian: melanzane alla parmigiana or parmigiana di melanzane) is a Southern Italian dish made with shallow fried eggplant (aubergine) slices layered with cheese and tomato sauce, then baked.

In some versions, the eggplant slices are first dipped in beaten eggs and dredged in flour or breadcrumbs before frying. Some recipes use hard grated cheeses such as Parmesan or Pecorino Romano, while others use softer melting cheeses like Mozzarella or Caciocavallo, or a combination of these.

Ingredients:

  • Big eggplant – 1
  • Italian seasoned bread crumbs – 2 cups [Substitute: 2 cups bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp dried marjoram]
  • All purpose flour or Maida – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 3
  • Spaghetti sauce – 1 large can
  • Mozzarella cheese – 8 oz
  • Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup
  • Fresh basil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper

Eggplant parmesan

Method of Preparation:

  1. Cut your eggplant into round thin slices and spread it on a baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle some salt and pepper all over the eggplant slices  the turning both the sides.
  3. If you are not using Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, mix the dry Italian spices with breadcrumbs along with a little salt.
  4. Heat a wide skillet and add the mixed breadcrumbs or the ready Italian seasoned bread crumbs and heat for a while stirring constantly. Transfer it to a plate.
  5. In a bowl whisk all the eggs and keep it ready.
  6. Keep the flour ready  in a plate or bowl.
  7. Heat oil in a wide pan about 1/2 inch in depth.
  8. Now dip the seasoned eggplant slices one by one in flour, and then in eggs and finally roll in breadcrumbs.
  9. Shake off the excess bread crumbs and fry it in oil turning both the sides until golden brown.
  10. Follow the same with other eggplant slices.
  11. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  12. Grease a baking dish with some oil, pour some spaghetti sauce, arrange the fried eggplants, sprinkle some chopped basil and then some mozzarella cheese and a little parmesan cheese on top.
  13. Again pour some sauce, followed by fried eggplants, basil and cheese.
  14. Repeat the procedure and finally top it with cheese.
  15. Bake for half an hour. Remove from oven and cut into slices just before serving.

eggplant parmesan 2

30 Comments

  1. I love eggplant parmigiana lot, one of me regular in Olive garden menu. Your eggplant parmigiana looks absolute delicious.

  2. now thats an interesting twist to the original parmigiana

  3. My hubby is totally crazy about this dish :)..looks great..very nicely done..!

  4. This looks so perfect and yummm..

  5. Wow.. this is really a tasty dish. :) My hubby being a great fan of Brinjal would love this for sure :)

  6. I am always up for eggplants dishes. This looks so tempting and love the cheese in there.

  7. Wow! yummy..a perfect click:-)

  8. Hey Nithu,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You have a lovely blog here as well. And the presentation for this dish is just superb. Cheers!!!

  9. Very nicely written. Dish looks great!

  10. lovely recipe, yummy

  11. The parmigiana is very great and awesome.

  12. That’s a great piece of comfort and heaven!!

  13. My favourite dish, mouthwatering here..

  14. Eggplant looks really yummy ya…joining U for dinner! :D

  15. this one looks really nice……wud surely like to try it…though not very fond of eggplants…but ur pics r really tempting me…

  16. It looks so yummy, and it probably taste great. Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day!
    Priscilla

  17. This looks really tasty. Great pictures too!

  18. yumm, that looks delicious. great way to use eggplants

  19. Beautifully done!! One of my favourite dishes!!

  20. luv parmigiana…My mouth is watering just luking at the pics!really tempting Nithu dear

  21. looks so perfect and yummy yumm!!

  22. Looks awesome, you have done it so perfectly nithu

  23. This looks so delicious, it’s making me hungry for lunch already!

  24. Looks very nice!! so professional!

  25. I haven’t eaten eggplant in years!
    This looks delish.

    I used snippets of this post to show off Amplify.com to my wife.
    I hope you don’t mind?

    Cheers,

    Mitch

  26. Luscious dish you got there!

  27. Thanks all of you for your valuable comments.

  28. It looks super-delicious..Wonderful recipe!!

  29. Wow you have a wonderful blog, this is the first time in your space and love the recipes :) This looks dish looks so yummy.. have been wanting to make this at home but i dont use egg so do you have any other substitute for that?

    Happy Blogging!

  30. Hi Harini, Thanks for your comments. About the question, you can use thin batter of maida or all purpose flour instead of egg. Let me know how it turns out.

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