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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eggplant Parmesan

Isn't Italian food the best? It's got so much going for it: noodles, cheese, sauces, basil, goes well with wine...the list continues. For me Italian just screams comfort food, and who doesn't like a big ol' bowl of comfort? It's definitely a favorite of mine!

Eggplant parmesan is one of those dishes that I don't make often, but when I do, I wonder why I don't make it once a week. It's pretty easy and so yummy! I recommend serving it on top of noodles (see picture below), but would be equally awesome with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a veggie.

Eggplant Parmesan
1 eggplant
2 cups plain bread crumbs (Italian works too)
2 eggs
12 ounces mozzarella cheese
26 ounces tomato sauce
1 cup fresh basil
1 1/2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 tbs. oregano
1/2 tbs. thyme
Olive oil

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice eggplant into approximately 1/2 inch slices. Beat egg in small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs with salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.
2. Oil cookie sheet with a thin layer of olive oil. Dip each eggplant slice into the beaten eggs, then fully cover both sides with bread crumb mixture. Place on cookie sheet and cook for about 7-10 minutes on each side. Remove from oven.
3. Cover the bottom of a round casserole dish (dutch oven) with a small amount of tomato sauce. Place eggplant slices on top, cover lightly with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and more sauce. Repeat to make about three or four layers. Top with a heavy layer of mozzarella. 4. 4. 4. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Uncover and cook another 20-30 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is golden.
5. Serve on top of noodles, garnish with chopped basil.

I ate mine on top of Trader Joe's garlic basil noodles with a glass of wine. Yuuum!


  1. OH MY GOD. YUM. This looks so so good! Pinning this to my recipe board!

  2. My boyfriend's passion (in regards to cooking) is Italian! Sooo many good flavours. As the eater, I sure as heck ain't complainin :-P

  3. oh my this looks and sounds so delicious!


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