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Eggplant Parmesan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium to large eggplant
  • salt
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • spaghetti sauce
  • mozzarella cheese shredded
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Slice eggplant into approximately 1/4 inch slices, discarding the ends. You can leave the peel on or discard it, it's your choice.
  • Sweat the eggplant slices in a colander by generously salting both sides of each eggplant slice and letting the liquid it releases drain into a bowl. This takes approximately 30 minutes. Rinse excess liquid and salt off of each slice and pat dry.
  • In a bowl place approximately 1/2 cup to 1 cup of flour, set aside. In another bowl whisk three eggs, set aside. In a third bowl mix the bread crumbs, panko, Italian Seasoning, parsley, salt and pepper. These three bowls will be used to bread the eggplant slices.
  • Heat vegetable oil to a medium high temperature. It is ready when oil shimmers.
  • Dredge each slice of eggplant in flour, then dip in the egg wash and finally coat with the breading mixture.
  • Fry breaded eggplant in hot oil for approximately 2 to 5 minutes on first side. I watch for the edges of the breading to start turning a golden brown before flipping it to the other side and frying it for roughly as long as you did the first side.
  • Remove fried eggplant from oil and set in a colander or on a baking cooling rack to cool and drip off excess oil. Do not place on a paper towel. The eggplant will lose it's crispness and become soggy.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Once eggplant has cooled it's time to assemble the eggplant parmesan bake. Spread a small amount of sauce on the bottom of an 8x8 inch casserole dish. Layer the eggplant on top, overlapping it, then top with more sauce and 4 to 8 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese. Finally sprinkle approximately 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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