29 December 2010

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant parmesan. It's a dish that I often forget how much I love, until I have it. Of course, a favorite is always chicken parm, but this is a great veggie alternative that I guarantee will satisfy most 'meat at every meal' people. Eggplant is a thick and hearty vegetable, pairs deliciously with cheese and tomato sauce. Especially once you bread and fry it. I fried my breaded eggplant, but you could bread it and bake it...or if your looking for something even healthier, this would still be delicious if for forgo the bread coating all together. Just thinly slice the eggplant, season with salt and pepper, and continue on.

I made this a few months back, and I think I'll be making it again soon. We eat a lot of chicken in this house anyway, so it's great to have such a comforting and satisfying meal, with a healthier substitute.

Eggplant Parmesan
by Kacey's Kitchen
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp EVOO
  • 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 3 cups homemade tomato gravy (or your favorite jarred sauce)
  1. Slice eggplants about 1/2" thick. Pat dry, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Dip each slice of eggplant into flour to lightly coat, then egg mixture, and finally bread crumbs to coat completely.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Place eggplant in pan. After about 3 minutes, when bottom of eggplant is golden brown, flip over and cook another 2 minutes until bottom is browned. Remove to paper towel lined dish. Repeat with remaining eggplant.
  4. Preheat oven to broil.
  5. In large baking dish, spoon a little of the tomato sauce into bottom of dish to lightly coat.
  6. Place slices of eggplant down so touching or slightly overlapping. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  7. Cover eggplant with tomato sauce, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Place baking dish in oven, and broil until cheese is slightly brown and bubbly.
  9. Serve over pasta and with a piece of crusty bread.


  1. This looks so good, even at 930 in the morning. I would love to have more meatless meals but my boyfriend doesn't seem to understand that just because we eat meat doesn't mean we always have to have it for dinner.

  2. True, true...and I often fall into the meat trap myself. I find substituting meat for fish helps a lot, we eat tons of shrimp here, and it seems to satisfy both of our creature eating habits!

  3. Hey Kacey, I don't have a dish in mind but rather was hoping you can make something healthy that i could make myself. I currently have been fitness training and dieting on my own but, a new receipt is always welcomed. Anything in mind?

  4. Anon: I'll try to work on that! Great idea!