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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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