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Eggplant Parmesan

Posted by Stacey @ Savory & Sweet on March 14, 2012 at 9:35 PM

If this doesn't make you fall in love with eggplant, nothing will.

For Sauce

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Whole Medium Onion chopped

4-6 Cloves Garlic chopped

2 Cans 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes

1 Can 28 oz Tomato Sauce

1 Can 28oz Tomato Puree

½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste

2 Tsp Sugar

1 Tablespoon Salt

2 Tsp Pepper

6-8 Leaves Fresh Basil

For Eggplant & Filling

 2 Medium size eggplants sliced to 1" coin size

1 Large container whole milk ricotta cheese

2 Cups grated parmesan cheese

2 Cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese

2 Tablespoons chopped parsley (fresh or dried)

3 Eggs beaten

1-1/2 Cups bread crumbs

1/3 cup oil

1 Tsp salt

1 Tsp Fresh ground pepper

For Sauce: Using a 4 Quart pot, on medium heat, add oil and onions. Once onions are translucent, add garlic and let sauté for a few minutes. Add drained diced tomatoes. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes. Add sauce, puree, paste, and parmesan cheese. Bring to slight boil and reduce to simmer. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Chiffonade basil, add to sauce and stir

For eggplant and filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. First 2 beaten eggs in one bowl and bread crumbs in another. Take eggplant  slices and dip in eggs then bread crumbs, coating each slice well. Once all slices are breaded, Heat large skillet med-med high heat w/ oil. Fry eggplant until golden brown on each side. Leave on paper towel to drain excess oil and set aside. In a large bowl combine ricotta cheese, 1 beaten egg, parmesan cheese,1 cup of mozzarella salt and pepper. In a 9x13 baking dish put a layer of tomato sauce to cover the bottom. Place slices of eggplant next to each other to make another layer. Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mixture and spread evenly. Repeat layers untill tomato sauce is on the last layer. Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on top, and bake for 30 mins until bubbly and golden brown.

Categories: Vegetable Dishes

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