Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
Whether you call it eggplant parmigiana or an eggplant parmesan recipe, this fabulous Italian recipe will be a hit with family and friends.
Eggplant parm was my mother's trademark dish.
Her entire family was always delighted every time they saw it when she had them for dinner, or brought it to a pot luck get together.
Brush the eggplant slices with 2 tablespoons of the oil. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake uncovered at 450°F until very soft, about 30 minutes.
While the eggplant is baking, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, basil and oregano and simmer 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Layer 1/2 the eggplant in a lightly oiled 1 1/2 quart shallow casserole, top with half the sauce, then half the mozzarella and half the parmesan cheese. Repeat.
Bake uncovered at 350°F for about 25 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
Tips and Variations:
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 168; Calories from Fat 102; Total Fat 11.3g; Saturated Fat 3.7g; Cholesterol 12mg; Sodium 596mg; Total Carbohydrates 10.9g; Dietary Fiber 4.1g; Sugars 5.7g; Protein 7.5g; Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 14%; Calcium 18%; Iron 6%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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The fact that her eggplant parm is so treasured by her family is quite an accomplishment when you consider my mother isn't Italian, simply married one.
She did, however, learn to cook from her Italian mother-in-law, who was by far the best Italian cook in the world in our books.
Eggplant recipes are not always my favorite. It is a vegetable with a distinctive taste and a texture that is not always appealing to me.
But make eggplant parmesan with it and it changes everything.
There is just something about the marrying of flavors in this recipe that makes it delectable.
This is not quite my mother's eggplant parmesan recipe. Although I still cannot make it as well as she did, this version is still fantastic.
The traditional recipe calls for the eggplant to be breaded and fried.
Times have changed though and we now look for recipes that are lower in fat. This way of preparing eggplant parmesan does cut the fat.
If you are looking to cut the fat further, use skim milk mozzarella cheese or leave it out entirely. My mother used only parmesan cheese and as I said, it is fabulous.
I hope you enjoy this eggplant recipe. It is a delicious way to use this little used vegetable and may get your family to eat something different.
It is also great for anyone looking for vegetarian recipes.
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