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Easy Eggplant Parmesan

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Eggplants used to intimidate me, but I absolutely adore Eggplant Parmesan. All that ooey gooey cheesy saucy comfort food deliciousness … what’s not to love?  So I was determined to find the secret to good eggplant texture.

Do you want to know what it is?  Salt. Lots and lots (and lots) of salt. It sounds a little strange, but it works. And it’s helped me perfect this delicious recipe this simple, classic dish to share with you today. I know you’ll love it as much as my family does.

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And while Eggplant Parmesan might seem like a complicated dish, this version is pretty darn easy thanks to a not-quite-from-scratch sauce.  I promise it is SO much better than the frozen stuff!

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Here is what you need:

2 large eggplants or 3 medium eggplants
4 eggs
3-4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs (or make your own with plain breadcrumbs by adding garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley)
olive oil
cooking spray
1  24 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1  14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
salt

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Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees; depending on how thick you like your eggplant (thicker slices = less breading), cut it into 1/4″-1/2″ slices.

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Step 2: Place eggplant in a colander and sprinkle generously with salt.  Use way more than you would eat!  Get the pieces really covered as much as possible.  Let sit for approximately 30-45 minutes, then rinse and dry well.

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Step 3: Whisk eggs well in small bowl.  Pour bread crumbs into second bowl. Heat olive oil to over medium-high heat to 350-375 degrees.

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Step 4: One at a time, dip eggplant slices in egg, then coat with bread crumbs.  Place in oil and fry until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.  Place on paper towel covered plate to cool.

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Step 5: Mix spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, & diced tomatoes in bowl.

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Step 6: Spray a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Layer half the eggplant in dish, then cover with half the sauce, 1/3 of the mozzarella, and half of the Parmesan cheese.  Layer remaining eggplant over sauce & cheeses, then cover with remaining sauce and cheese.

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Step 7: Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and cheese is golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Easy Eggplant Parmesan | Baked Eggplant Recipe | Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe | Easy Eggplant Parmesan

1 Comment

  1. September 21 at 09:45AM

    Eggplant parm is one of my favorite dishes too! Did you know that the male eggplants have fewer seeds and less bitterness than female eggplants? Male eggplants have a round dot at the base while the female eggplants have an oblong spot. And that’s the end of today’s eggplant anatomy…

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