Thursday, September 11, 2014

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana
Do you have a couple of Eggplants?  Whenever I see a display of Eggplants suddenly an image of Eggplant Parmigiana comes to mind!  A forkful smothered in tomato sauce is so good.  Usually the Eggplant has been fried, so I tend to stay away from ordering it when dining out.  Not that I don't enjoy the taste, it's that cholesterol thing with me.  I try to save fried foods for that once in a blue moonLike the Whole Belly Clam Roll served with tartar sauce & a side of Cole Slaw- when we were at the Cape.

For the past 3 years I've enjoyed Eggplant Parmigiana, but the Eggplant is baked, not fried.  While thumbing through a recipe booklet from one of our local grocery stores, the recipe caught my eye.  Now, when these veggies are in season locally here, I like to bake a batch a couple of times.  Definitely there are more servings remaining after dinner.  This freezes very well and can be reheated in the microwave on a busy night.  It's easy, it's delicious!  What can be better?

You guessed it.  Sunday's trip to Meadowbrook Farm in East Longmeadow included Eggplant.              

Baked Eggplant Parmigiana  
     adapted from Big Y Life in Balance

Olive Oil for baking & sauteing 
(2) small Eggplants
Ground Pepper
Garlic Powder
Tomato Sauce (about 16 oz. - 20 oz.) 
(1) can 6 oz. Tomato Paste
8 oz. shredded Mozzarella

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Line a large cookie pan with foil and spray with PAM.
  3. Wash & dry Eggplants. 
  4. Cut each Eggplant into 1" round slices.  Cut an even number of round slices.
  5. Place each slice on cookie sheet and drizzle a small amount of Olive Oil on top of each slice.
  6. Then, lightly sprinkle with Ground Pepper & Basil.
  7.  Bake Eggplant slices for 20 minutes in 450°F oven. 
After slices are baked, remove from oven and lower oven temperature to 350°F.

*While Eggplant is baking continue prepping:  
  1. Spray a large baking dish with PAM.
  2.  Mix Tomato Sauce with Tomato Paste in a small bowl. 
  3.  Place a small amount of sauce mixture in baking dish, covering bottom.
  4.  Place baked Eggplant slices on bottom of baking dish.  Top each slice with shredded Mozzarella Cheese.  Then, top with another slice of Eggplant.  Place sauce mixture on top.  Sprinkle on Garlic Powder & Oregano.  
  5. Then top with more Mozzarella Cheese.  
  6. Bake for 30- 35 minutes or until Eggplant is soft. 
  7. Serve with Penne. 
For an extra great taste, I sauted 1 Green Pepper after cutting it into slices & added it to the sauce before baking.  That extra flavor was great!  Bake Eggplant Parmigiana soon!



Pam said...

It looks delicious, Judy! And the best part is that the eggplant is baked. It's the cholesterol thing here too. Have a good day!

JG said...

Pam- Tastes so good, you'll never miss fried Eggplant. :)