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The Best Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

HealthyFoodRecipe - Eggplant Parmesan is one among those classic Italian-style comfort foods most of the people enjoy. Very similar to lasagna, this is often a casserole dish made from different layers, but here the star is globe eggplant and there's no pasta involved.
The Best Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
The Best Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Layers of goodness and flavor with such familiar ingredients. Our layers during this eggplant Parmesan include: crispy eggplant slices, mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh basil and spaghetti sauce.

Classic eggplant Parmesan with layers of globe eggplant, mozzarella, Parmesan, and basil. Layers of comfort and flavor, Italian-style! Don’t skip the primary step of salting the eggplant, and make certain to see out the tutorial.
The Best Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 eggplants, thinly sliced length-wise
  • Salt
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp oil (I used Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (more if needed)
  • Large bunch of fresh basil leaves (reserve a few for garnish)
  • 8 to 10 oz  fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced (more if needed)


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Lay eggplant slices on a large baking sheet lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and set aside for 30 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Pat dry. (Optional step)
  3. Prepare a dredging station with two somewhat shallow bowls, one for the beaten eggs and the other for flour.
  4. Coat an eggplant slice in the flour (shake off the excess) then dip it into the egg and let excess drip back into the bowl. Repeat with the remaining slices. Set eggplant on a large tray for now.
  5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking.
  6. Working in batches if necessary, cook the eggplant slices for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until nicely golden. Place fried eggplant on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  7. Assemble the eggplant Parmesan casserole. Spread a bit of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish, add a layer of fried eggplant slices,  then top with Parmesan, basil, and mozzarella in  Season to your taste.
  8. Continue layering in this same pattern until all the ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on the very top.
  9. Place the dish on a baking sheet and bake in 325 degrees F heated-oven for 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese has melted.
  10. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes before serving. Add a sprinkle of fresh basil on top. Enjoy!


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