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Traditional baked eggplant main dish

Tracie. M

Serves/Makes: 4 or more

  • 2 well ripened early to mid season eggplants (about 2 lbs (.9 kg).), peeled just before handling
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) water
  • 1 cup (225 ml) fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup (225 ml) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) or 1 oz (28 grm). freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) slivered fresh basil leaves
  • 2-1/2 cups (600 ml) tomato sauce or marinara
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) or 3 oz (84 grm). grated fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees (200 C.).
  • Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  • Coat an 8-by-11 1/2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • To prepare eggplant:
  • Cut eggplants crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.
  • Whisk eggs with water in a shallow dish until frothy.
  • Combine breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup (60 ml) Parmesan, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
  • Use another shallow dish for the flour.
  • Dip the eggplant in flour to coat, with a fork, dip into egg and then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. (Discard any leftover egg, flour and breadcrumbs.)
  • Arrange the eggplant slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake the eggplant slices for 15 minutes, turn them over and bake until crisp and golden, about 15 minutes more.
  • To assemble casserole:
  • Stir basil into tomato sauce.
  • Spread about 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the sauce in the prepared baking dish.
  • Arrange half the eggplant slices over the sauce, overlapping slightly.
  • Spoon 1 cup (225 ml) of the remaining sauce over the eggplant and sprinkle with half the mozzarella.
  • Layer on the remaining eggplant and top with the remaining sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Bake the casserole, at 400 degrees (200 C.) uncovered, until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, 15 to 25 minutes.
A simple and traditonal Italian favorite, with a few short cuts to save time in the kitchen. Traditionally, making this dish was a family affair, everyone having a job in it's process. A fun dish to make with children or a few good friends.

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