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Naples Eggplant Parmesan


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  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 2-4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This deliciously simple recipe for Naples Eggplant Parmesan pairs perfectly baked eggplant rounds with a rich tomato sauce, crispy Panko breadcrumbs, creamy mozzarella cheese and of course plenty of parmesan for a simple Italian dish that is perfect served over pasta.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (see note)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Japanese Eggplants, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/22/3 jar spaghetti sauce (we always use Prego Fresh Mushroom Pasta Sauce)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (or to taste)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • pasta for serving (we use spaghetti or tagliatelle)
  • fresh basil, for garnish
  • extra virgin olive oil, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Prepare a 13 x 9-inch pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Slice the eggplant in 1/4-inch medallions.
  3. Prepare three shallow dishes for dredging, dipping and coating: one with flour, one with the eggs and milk, slightly beaten, and one with the Panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Take each slice, dredge in flour followed by a dip in the egg mixture and finally into the Panko crumbs for a final coating. Place in the 13 x 9-inch pan. You will make 3 rows. Each eggplant will slightly overlap successively until the row is finished. Complete the dredging, dipping and coating of each eggplant until the pan is filled. Sprinkle the eggplant with a little salt and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Using a spoon, drizzle the spaghetti sauce down the length of each row of sliced eggplant. Then sprinkle the shredded Parmesan cheese.
  6. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes or until the eggplant is tender.
  7. Remove the foil, sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese over the eggplant slices and return to the oven. Bake for another 5-10 minutes uncovered until the cheese is melted.
  8. Serve over spaghetti drizzled with olive oil and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Notes

Substitute all purpose flour if that is all you have to hand.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Italian