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Contest-Winning Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Contest-Winning Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Because my recipe calls for baking the eggplant instead of frying it, it’s much healthier! The prep time is a little longer than for some recipes, but the Italian flavors and rustic elegance are well worth it. —Laci Hooten, McKinney, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 large 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine mushrooms, basil and oregano. In another small bowl, combine mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  • 3. Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with a third of the mushroom mixture, a third of the eggplant, 3/4 cup sauce and a third of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 305 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 102 mg cholesterol, 912 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Eggplant Parmesan

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2014

"I LOVE this recipe! I have made eggplant parm before, frying the eggplant, and didn't like it because it soaked up too much oil. This was SO good! I salted the PEELED eggplant slices to reduce the bitterness and put them into a colander for 20 min. Then I dipped the slices in flour, egg, and panko crumbs, and baked them on sprayed cookie sheets for 20 minutes, turning after 10. I chopped the mushrooms, and fresh basil, and oregano, and layered all ingredients. I used 32 oz. of sauce, 28 oz. wasn't enough. We had the leftovers the next day, and it actually tasted even better! Definitely a keeper!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"Needed to use more eggs. Needed more sauce. Mushrooms made it watery. Did not add any flavor to this dish. Also using Italian seasoned bread crumbs neede to be used in this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Please pardon me for my frankness, but this is not a prize winning recipe. First of all, the ingredients as listed are not correct. I cut up 3 eggplants and ended up with too many slices for recipe. Also, I used 5 eggs to dip the eggplant slices and had to use more than the 2 1/2 cups of Panko. The real kicker was that after spending hours making this recipe, it ended up not having enough sauce and was extremely dry as Donald indicated below. Unfortunately, I didn't read the reviews below before making it.

Very disappointed with this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"I grew up in an Italian family and learned from my grandmother to always after slicing the eggplant to soak it in water with salt to get the bitterness from it, or extra strong tase, then lay on towels to dry, then start your recipe. Also, there are male and female eggplants and if you look at the bottom of the eggplant the one's with the smaller tan patch are the males and the larger the females, thus more seeds."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"I used (2) jars of spaghetti sauce. I followed the recipe and yet it was dry. Would not make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"I also peeled the eggplant and added a little bit of garlic. It was very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"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. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"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 REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"made it and it was delicious. LOVED baking the eggplant, not as messy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"Love it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"Tasty but the panco sucked up the sauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"After reading the reviews, I made a couple of adjustments and this turned out awesome. I used italian seasoned panko, fresh baby bella mushrooms and threw in some fresh spinach. Also increased the amount of sauce. I will definitely make this more often."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"This really didn't take any longer than frying the eggplant does. I made it as directed except I peeled the eggplant. It definitely needed more sauce and seasoning as it was rather bland but it was good enough that I'll jazz it up and try it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"This was good. Not spectacular. I did add more seasoning to the mushrooms. I didn't find this bland, but I don't know maybe I was just missing meat. Trying to do more vegetarian recipes. One thing is that I bought 24 oz sauce. Never saw 28 oz. So parts of mine were dry, which was ok cause it was crunchy from the panko. Next time I'd get the 36 oz and probably use the whole thing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"I liked the flavor of this eggplant parmesan. My family did not care for this one because the eggplant peels were tough"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"A little light on seasoning, but overall very good! Given that other responders mentioned that panko took longer to brown, I flipped the slices and brushed the panko-coated tops lightly with olive oil then placed under the broiler. Worked well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"wonderful"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"For being a contest winning recipe I expected a better result. The Panko does take longer to brown than listed in the recipe. If I do make this again, I would use more sauce and amp up the oregano and other spices."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2011

"This was delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"My family doesn't like mushrooms, so substituted chunks of chicken for the mushrooms but otherwise followed the recipe. Family LOVED it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"This was my first experience with eggplant. My family liked it for the most part. The panko took longer to brown than the time listed in the recipe, so we at a little late, but it was good. Oh, I left out the mushrooms since we don't like those, was still a good dinner with a salad"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"The only changes that I made to the recipe were homemade sauce and using "flavored" panko crumbs. Family and friends liked it very much."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"Easy, healthy and my family loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"This was my first experience cooking with eggplant. The recipe caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. While the prep time was quite lengthy, the end result was very delicious. The panko bread crumbs provided a very crunchy breading, and the layers of sauce and cheese made this a hearty, comforting dish. I plan to make this again on occasion!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"Made this meatless dish last night and my son and I loved it. The panko gives it a nice light crispiness."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.