Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite Italian comfort foods. What I love most about this dish is that I can use various breadcrumbs, cheeses, and herbs. A nice homemade marinara sauce tops it off, it’s delicious every time!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 small eggplant (provided)
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 2 cup marinara sauce
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • 1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  • 2 Cut eggplant into 1 inch rounds.
  • 3 Combine olive oil, breadcrumbs, and mozzarella in a bowl.
  • 4 Place beaten eggs and 1 tablespoon of water in a second bowl and flour in a third bowl.
  • 5 Toss each eggplant round into the flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs mixture and place on a baking sheet.
  • 6 Bake eggplant for 30-35 minutes or until breading is golden brown.
  • 7 Apply marinara sauce in a casserole dish to cover the bottom.
  • 8 Place eggplant on top of marinara.
  • 9 Apply another layer of marinara and mozzarella.
  • 10 If there is more eggplant repeat these steps by adding another layer of eggplant, sauce, and cheese. If not, add a layer of sauce and a second layer of cheese.
  • 11 Cover the pan with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • 12 Uncover the pan and continue to cook until the cheese has melted and lightly browned.
  • 13 Remove from the oven, let cool, and serve. Top with fresh herbs if you desire.

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