My favorite vegetable is EGGPLANT! I will eat it in any form it is cooked. I definitely have eggplant love. One of my favorite ways to have eggplant is eggplant parmesan. First time attempting to make this, and it came out really well. It was a bit too salty for my taste (I don’t usually eat salt so that could be the reason), but overall it was a hit for me, I’m on my second helping as I am typing up this post!
Some changes that I made: I left out the capers, I dislike ricotta cheese so I opted to leave that out.
Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
- 2 lbs fresh tomatoes, boiled, skinned and crushed by hand
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, hand torn
- Kosher salt
- 4 cups dried bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 pounds medium eggplants, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Romano
- 2 pounds shredded mozzarella cheese
First make the sauce: Put a large saucepan over medium heat and 1/3 cup of the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the olives, red pepper flakes, and let that cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Toss in the tomatoes with their juices and bring to a low simmer. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder, and oregano in a shallow bowl; season generously with salt and pepper and mix well. Crack 3 of the eggs into another shallow bowl; season with salt and pepper and beat with a fork to mix. Put the flour in another shallow bowl and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the eggplant, flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs on a work surface near the stove.
Heat about 1/4-inch olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, dredge several eggplant slices first in the flour, then dip them in the egg, and finally coat them in the bread crumbs. Put as many eggplant in the skillet as will fit comfortably in a single layer and cook until tender and well browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Cook all of the eggplant slices this way, adding more olive oil to the pan as needed.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To assemble the dish, first get yourself set up with a large, buttered baking dish. Have ready the eggplant, the tomato sauce, the shredded mozzarella cheese and the remaining 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano. To start, spoon some of the tomato sauce over the bottom of the baking dish. Now add a layer of eggplant. Sprinkle some Parmigiano. Spoon another layer of tomato sauce over and sprinkle with about one-third of the mozzarella. Repeat with a layer of eggplant, tomato sauce, and another third of the mozzarella. Finish with the rest of the eggplant, the rest of the tomato sauce, and the rest of the mozzarella. Sprinkle with the 3/4 cup Parmigiano.
Put the dish in the oven and bake for about 1 hour, until golden and bubbling. Let stand for about 20 minutes before cutting.