Eggplant parmesan is 1 of those great Italian comfort foods—a layered casserole significantly like lasagna but with slices of globe eggplant taking the place of pasta.
The two things to keep in thoughts when cooking eggplant, specially company globe eggplants, is that not only do eggplants hold onto moisture, they also soak up oil like a sponge. So if you’re not cautious you can end up with anything mushy and oily.
In this recipe, to tackle the 1st challenge we lightly salt the raw eggplant slices and allow them sit out for a even though. The salt aids draw moisture out of the eggplant.
To deal with the oil absorption concern, as an alternative of frying the breaded eggplant slices, we bake them in the oven, just before assembling the casserole to be baked again.
The end result? Fantastic! Cheesy, tomato-y eggplant parmesan that doesn’t weigh you down with too a lot water or oil.
Inspired by a recipe in the New York Occasions by chef Gabrielle Hamilton, recounting a recipe from her Italian ex-mother-in-law.
Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
- Yield: Serves eight
First cut the eggplant and salt the eggplant rounds. Then prep the rest of the elements although the eggplant rounds are releasing their moisture.
- two 1/four lbs (about two massive) eggplants
- one teaspoon kosher salt
- one Tbsp further virgin olive oil
- one clove minced garlic (about one teaspoon)
- 1 28-oz can entire peeled tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), tomatoes diced, reserve juices
- one/two cup finely chopped fresh basil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- one one/two cups breadcrumbs
- one one/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 3/four cup flour
- 4 eggs, beaten (much more if essential)
- one/4 cup additional virgin olive oil (plus more to oil the sheet pans)
- one 1/2 lbs fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
one Slice and salt eggplant, allow drain: Slice the eggplants into one/four-inch to one/two-inch thick rounds. Lay the eggplant slices out on a rack in excess of a rimmed sheet pan (or on several layers of paper towels).
Sprinkle each sides of the eggplant rounds lightly with salt. Allow the eggplant rounds sit and release moisture for 2 hrs.
two Saut garlic, include tomatoes, simmer, include salt, pepper, basil: Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a four-quart saucepan on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and gently cook for 1 minute or until finally fragrant.
Add the tomatoes and their juices, breaking up the tomatoes as you add them to the pot. Boost heat to deliver to a simmer, reduced heat to preserve a quite minimal simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered. Add salt and pepper to taste. Include the minced basil and remove from heat.
3 Make breadcrumb Parmesan mixture, set up bowls for dredging with flour, egg, breadcrumbs: Mix 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs with one/four cup grated Parmesan cheese, and location in a shallow bowl or rimmed dish.
Set up your station so that you have flour in one particular shallow bowl, beaten eggs in another bowl, and the breadcrumb cheese mixture in yet another, in that buy.
four Dredge eggplant rounds in flour, egg, breadcrumbs, leading with olive oil: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spread a tablespoon of olive oil each and every in excess of the bottom of two rimmed baking sheet pans. Pat dry the eggplant slices with paper towels.
Functioning 1 at a time dredge the eggplant slices first in the flour, then dip in the beaten eggs, and then dredge in the breadcrumb parmesan cheese mixture.
Area on oiled sheet pan. Drizzle a tiny oil in excess of the top of every single breaded eggplant round.
5 Bake eggplant rounds: Spot breaded ready eggplant slices in the oven. Cook for 18 to twenty minutes at 425°F, turning the slices more than at the half-way point, right up until they are nicely browned. Eliminate from oven, and let amazing to touch.
6 Layer sauce, eggplant rounds, cheeses in casserole dish: Spread 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Area a third of the eggplant rounds in a single layer covering the sauce on the bottom of the pan.
Layer half of the sliced mozzarella on leading of the eggplant rounds. Sprinkle one/three cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
Spot an additional third of the eggplant rounds above the cheese. Spread one cup of the sauce over the eggplant rounds. Layer the rest of the sliced mozzarella above the sauce. Sprinkle with one/3 cup of grated Parm.
Include the remaining eggplant in a single layer on leading of the cheese. Top with the remaining sauce and the remaining Parmesan.
7 Bake: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into to serve.
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