Easy Eggplant Parm

Rainie Piccione

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@RainiePiccione

What is not to love about Eggplant Parmesan? The work. The work is what I don't love. Dipping in flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs followed by the deep frying of the masses. Taste so good but a heck of a lot of work. Well this recipe gives you the same taste if not even better without all the work and all that grease. Really!

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Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1- 2 small
firm eggplants
4-5
similar sized tomatoes, sliced
1 c
bread crumbs, your choice
1 c
parmesan cheese
3-4 Tbsp
salt for soaking eggplant
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil cooking spray

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Process Eggplant: I choose smaller, firm eggplants. Cut off the ends and slice into ¼ or ½ inch slices. Place in large bowl. Sprinkle with large amount of salt. Fill bowl with water, eggplant will float. Cover with plate to weight it down. Let them soak for a minimum of thirty minutes. The water will turn black. Drain the eggplant and pat dry with paper towels. This method seems to draw out the bitterness in the eggplant.
2
Prheat oven to 350 degrees.
3
Cover 1-2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil and coat the foil with a thin layer of olive oil. Lay the slices of eggplant onto the cookie sheet in a single layer. Spray the slices lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4
Using a regular teaspoon, top each slice of eggplant with a scant amount of bread crumbs.
5
Next place one slice of tomato onto each slice of eggplant. Sprinkle again with salt and pepper.
6
Using the teaspoon again, top each tomato with a liberal amount of parmesan cheese. Spray with light coat of cooking spray.
7
Place sheet tray in oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and a golden brown. Remove from oven and serve.
8
Notes/swaps

•Be sure to soak and pat dry the eggplant.
•Use smaller, firm eggplants.
•Use similar sized tomatoes.
•Haven't tried it yet, but I suppose you could add some shredded mozzerella cheese on top.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy