Eggplant Parmesan
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
Seasoned Breadcrumbs:
  • 2½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  1. Cut the eggplant into ¼ inch rounds. Sprinkle them with salt and set them to drain in a colander for about 40 min. This step will draw out excess moisture from the eggplant, which will give you really crisp eggplant instead of watery Eggplant Parmesan.
  2. Meanwhile, prep the rest of your ingredients. I really like to make my own seasoned breadcrumbs, but you can use the store bought seasoned breadcrumbs too. Combine all the ingredients for the seasoned breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and mix to combine.
  3. I also like to make my own tomato sauce, but that's totally up to you. The tomato sauce made from roasted fresh tomatoes is absolutely divine.
  4. Once the eggplant slices have drained, press them between some paper towels or kitchen towels to remove all excess moisture. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Dip the eggplant into the eggs and then coat in the seasoned breadcrumbs, pressing firmly with your hands on both sides, to help the breadcrumbs adhere to the eggplant better. Place the breaded eggplant on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle on both sides with olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-35 min, until the breaded eggplant is slightly golden. Do not turn the oven off.
  6. Spread about ¾ - 1 cup of Tomato Sauce on the bottom of an 8"X11" baking dish. (Take note - I am not using an 11"x13" baking dish in this recipe. If that is the dish that you want to use, you will need slightly more ingredients.)
  7. Place half of the the eggplant slices, slightly overlapping, over the sauce.
  8. Sprinkle half of the roasted red pepper slices over the eggplant, add more tomato sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with ¾ - 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  9. Place the remaining eggplant slices over the cheese, and add the remaining roasted red pepper slices, the Tomato Sauce and finish it all with more cheese.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling around the sides and the cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve immediately.
  11. If you want to make this ahead of time, you can bake the breaded eggplant, make the tomato sauce, slice the roasted pepper and grate the cheese. Assemble it right before baking. You will have to bake it a little bit longer since all the ingredients will be cold. For the best results, I would not recommend assembling it all ahead of time and then baking, since the eggplant Parmesan will be soggy and mushy.
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