Contest-Winning Eggplant Parmesan
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Cook: 25 min.
- 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 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, a third of the eggplant, 3/4 cup sauce and a third of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts1 serving: 305 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 912mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 9g fiber), 18g protein.
May 31, 2018
Followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious, I'll definitely make this again. However, I gave this four stars because I think it requires just a few small tweaks - The recipe didn't call for quite enough sauce; next time I'll use about a cup more than it calls for. I also recommend salting the beaten eggs to add a little more flavor to the eggplant slices. I would also go a little hotter with the oven, about 375 should do it. Finally, I also recommend sprinking a little extra parmesan cheese on top before putting this in the oven. Otherwise, it is a great recipe. Thank you so much!
May 26, 2018
A quick, 'short-cut' version that's very good! I also flour my eggplant slices before the egg wash. Then broil the breaded slices on each side for 2 min before assembling. As for salting, soaking, I personally don't (my Italian family will cringe at that :D) if you don't want bitter, make sure you're buying fresh and don't select (overgrown-large.) The striped eggplant is the least bitter.
Jan 15, 2018
Loved baking instead of frying slices. Very good
Sep 20, 2017
I made this dish last night. The 45 min prep time was way underestimated. It took me over 2 hours prep time. I followed the recipe exactly and I agree with some of the comments below. There was not enough sauce so I had to open a second jar and still there was not enough sauce. I should have used 2 full jars. There was too little mozzarella cheese. Next time I would use twice the amount. After I sliced up my second eggplant I realized I was going to have more slices than would fit the dish. It took 3 large cookie sheets to bake each batch for 20 mins. That's an hour of prep time right there. After baking, the slices remained the color of the Panko and never did turn crispy or brown. Next time I would up the oven temp to 400. Come to think of it, next time I will fry the eggplant and skip the hour of baking. I had to use 4 xl eggs instead of 3. Using Panko bread crumbs were fine but I needed double the amount. Once the bread crumbs on the bottom of the plate got wet with eggs it had to be thrown out and started over with a fresh batch of bread crumbs. I agree with another review that I would not call this an award winning dish. I was very satisfied with the taste but it was not worth the 3 hours it took to make.
Mar 30, 2017
Husband loved this. I used more bread crumbs than called for....and I peeled the eggplant, salted the slices, and soaked them in water while I assembled the other ingredients...
Mar 29, 2017
The only difference between my recipe and this one--I saute fresh mushrooms instead of using canned. Awesome recipe, especially with a chunky garden veggie sauce.
Sep 21, 2016
This was delicious! My husband, who prefers to have meat as part of every meal, even went back for seconds! The only changes I made were to use plain breadcrumbs instead of Panko, and to eliminate the mushrooms. I used a chunky garden veggie-style spaghetti sauce which I thought made a great difference in both texture and flavor.The eggplant stayed crisp, even after baking in the combined dish with the sauce; the flavor was excellent; and it was hearty enough to not taste like a meatless dish. The little extra time it takes to bake the breaded eggplant slices first is well worth the effort.
Sep 21, 2016
Did not enjoy this recipe. I have other eggplant recipes my husband & I like better.
Mar 17, 2016
Delicious! I love eggplant parmesan and this is a nice sized recipe. I doubled the sauce and omitted the mushrooms.
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!!
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