Eggplant Parmigiana

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Eggplant Parmigiana
Eggplant is a wonderful vegetable. Eggplant parmigiana when done well is great, bad eggplant is terrible. This oven-fry method creates a crispy Eggplant Parmesan without the mess of salting and frying. Eggplant parmigiana on #happensatthebean
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with oil, or pour some oil on baking sheet. Season flour with salt and pepper. Dip eggplant slices in flour, then in egg, then in bread crumbs, pressing crumbs down with fingers if needed to cover evenly. Place in a single layer on oiled baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes then carefully flip each slice and cook an additional 10 minutes, until nicely browned. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 9x13 inch baking dish spread just enough sauce to cover bottom of dish. Place a layer of eggplant slices in the sauce. Cover with a 3/4 cup of sauce, a slice or two of mozzarella, and then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Repeat with one more layer. Pour any leftover marinara and around edges of eggplant slices and top with any cheese that is left. Sprinkle basil on top.
  3. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  4. Rest 10-15 minutes and serve.