Eggplant ParmesanFrom thegoldminer 6 years ago
- • 2 1/2 lb medium eggplants (about 3), cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick rounds shopping list
- • 5 lb plum tomatoes See pics 2 large cans and 1 medium. shopping list
- • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons olive oil shopping list
- • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped shopping list
- • 20 fresh basil leaves, torn in half shopping list
- • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper shopping list
- • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes shopping list
- • 1 cup all-purpose flour shopping list
- • 5 large eggs shopping list
- • 3 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) I used the whole bag. shopping list
- • 2 oz finely grated parmigiano-Reggiano (2/3 cup) 1 cup would be better, get aged over 3 years. shopping list
- • 1 lb chilled fresh mozzarella (not unsalted), thinly sliced shopping list
- • 1-2 cups (to your liking) of shredded Italian cheese (I like the ones with mixed provolone, asiago, parmesan and mozzarella) Use lots. shopping list
- Do not add salt if using canned. A lot of salt in the cans and cheese. shopping list
- cans. shopping list
- If you use fresh roma tomatoes, use 1 1/2 t salt, no more. shopping list
- Forget the bitterness thing. Just salt each side. shopping list
- I always was leary of eggplant because of the name. It actually has little flavor and gets most from the oil and whatever it is cooked with. shopping list
- This was very similiar to Moussaka I learned to make and absolutely love. I have the pics and will post that recipe. shopping list
How to make it
- First this make a lot! Prepare to have a lot of friends or family over for dinner or it can be cut up and frozen.
- 1. Toss eggplant with 2 teaspoons salt in a colander set over a bowl, then let drain 30 minutes.
- 2. While eggplant drains, cut an X in bottom of each tomato with a sharp paring knife and blanch tomatoes together in a 5-quart pot of boiling water 1 minute.
- 3. Transfer tomatoes with a slotted spoon to a cutting board and, when cool enough to handle, peel off skin, beginning from scored end, with paring knife.
- 4. Coarsely chop tomatoes, then coarsely purée in batches in a blender.
- 5. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add garlic and sauté, stirring, until golden, about 30 seconds.
- 6. Add tomato purée, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 25 to 30 minutes.
- 7. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.
- 8. Stir together flour, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow bowl.
- 9. Lightly beat eggs in a second shallow bowl, then stir together panko and 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a third shallow bowl.
- 10. Working with 1 slice at a time, dredge eggplant in flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg, letting excess drip off, and dredge in panko until evenly coated.
- 11. Transfer breaded eggplant slices to a baking sheet, with sheets of parchment or wax paper between layers.
- 12. Heat remaining 1 1/2 cups oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then fry eggplant 4 slices at a time, turning over once, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per batch. Transfer with tongs to paper towels to drain.
- 13. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce in bottom of a rectangular 3 1/2-quart (13- by 11- by 2-inch) baking dish.
- 14. Arrange about one third of eggplant slices in 1 layer over sauce, overlapping slightly if necessary.
- 15. Cover eggplant with about one third of remaining sauce (about 11/4 cups) and one third of mozzarella.
- 16. Continue layering with remaining eggplant, sauce, and mozzarella. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano and shredded cheeses (if using).
- 17. Bake, covered 25 minutes, then remove foil and bake until cheese is melted and golden and sauce is bubbling, another 15 minutes.
- 18. **Note: Tomato sauce can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
- Ok, I was brought up to remove that glob of white stuff (the yuck thing mentioned and shown in pics) attached the yolk. I use a teaspoon and a finger to fut it loose and throw away. I won't say what I think it looks like. I know when frying an egg it doesn't cook, just gags me.
The Cookthegoldminer Sacramento, CA
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This looks great! I'm so craving eggplant now. I'm putting the ingredients on my grocery list now. :Djencathen in loved it
Wonderful recipe...I love Eggplant Parmesan when we go to Italian resturants, but I've never tried to make it at home. Think i will try this one!!! Thanks, Laralara38 in Gulf Coast loved it
I made this and we really enjoyed it!jencathen in loved it