Many people don't know what to do with eggplant, so here is my basic Eggplant Parmesan recipe:
1 medium eggplant
3 eggs (well beaten in large bowl)
2-3 cups of flour
canola oil (for pan frying)
your favorite tomato sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan or romano cheese, shredded or grated
- Peel the eggplant and slice very thin. Usually I slice in "rounds", but today I sliced lengthwise instead.
- Bread the eggplant slices by coating first in flour, then dip completely in egg, and then dredge again in flour.
- Heat the canola oil in large skillet on fairly high heat. There should be enough oil to completely cover the skillet and it should be about 1/4" deep.
- Fry each eggplant slice in the oil until lightly browned. As you take them out to put in the next batch, blot them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- In a 9"x11" baking dish, lightly coat the bottom with tomato sauce. Add the eggplant slices to cover the bottom of the dish (only one layer). Spoon tomato sauce on each one, then sprinkle with the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Add another layer and repeat until all the eggplant is used.
- Variation to Step 5: if you used lengthwise slices (instead of rounds), this is a fancier way to do it: starting from one end of the dish, take one eggplant slice and gently fold in half. Add some tomato sauce inside with a bit of mozzarella cheese, then do the same on the outside. Take the next piece and do the same: fold it in half and layer against the first piece, adding tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese inside the fold and then again on top. Repeat with all of the slices (you will probably need two rows of eggplant in the dish). Sprinkle the whole thing with parmesan cheese.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F until heated through and cheese is melted, about 30 minutes. Bake for the first 20 minutes with aluminum foil to prevent the cheese from getting overdone. If you are freezing for future use, you don't need to bake it now - just tightly cover and freeze. You can bake it later thawed out or frozen (just allow longer baking time if frozen, of course).