Contest-Winning Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2-1/2 cups panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
- 3 medium eggplants, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 jars (4-1/2 ounces each) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 jar (28 ounces) spaghetti sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°. Place eggs and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip eggplant in eggs, then coat in crumbs. Place on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes or until tender and golden brown, turning once.
- In a small bowl, combine mushrooms, basil and oregano. In another small bowl, combine mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
- Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with a third of the mushroom mixture, eggplant, 3/4 cup sauce and a third of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350° 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.
Reviews for Contest-Winning Eggplant Parmesan
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First time cooking eggplant Parmesan. Loved it! I split the recipe into 2?8x8 casseroles to make one with mushrooms and another without. I also used Korean eggplant (tender and milder flavor, in my opinion). My 14 year old had seconds. :)
I used a homegrown large eggplant so only made 2 layers - same ingredients/quantities - and it was outstanding! The eggplant was just picked and nice and firm. I used portabella mushrooms (canned) and I used Parmesan cheese flakes with the mozzarella. This is a wonderful entree to serve with crusty bread and red wine. Such fabulous flavor. The kids loved it, too!
My grandmother used to grow eggplant as a garden flower - never knew how good they were until I starting cooking. But my version is peeled eggplant-and fried, always good I'm anxious to try it baked. And yes we used to salt it and press it. No more now.
made it and it was delicious. LOVED baking the eggplant, not as messy.
I also used a trick my Italian friend told me about. When slicing eggplant lightly salt and layer between paper towels and weigh down for several hours. This draws some of the water out of the eggplant and makes it firmer and less mushy.
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