- large eggplants
- eggs, divided
- dash of milk
- 1 1/2 c
- panko bread crumbs
- 3/2 c
- grated parmesan cheese (like the kind by kraft)
- 2 Tbsp
- italian seasoning, divided
- 15 oz
- ricotta cheese
- 1 pkg
- (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 1/2 c
- freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus an additional 1/3 cup for garnish
- 2 c
- your favorite marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)
- 1/3 c
- fresh parsley, chopped
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
1*Note: I use a spray canister for my olive oil in this recipe, as to not drown the eggplant in oil. If you do not have one of these, use cooking spray or LIGHTLY drizzle in oil when cooking.
2Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
3Cut the top and bottom off of your eggplants. Using a sharp knife, peel the entire eggplant.
4Then, cut lengthwise until you have cut uniform “strips” of eggplant. I was able to cut eight strips from each of mine.
5Mix breadcrumbs, grated cheese (Kraft), 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning and salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.
6In a separate bowl, whisk two of the eggs together with a dash of milk and salt and pepper.
7Dredge each eggplant strip on both sides into egg mixture and then into breadcrumb/cheese mixture. Place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil. Continue until all are done. You will need two cookie sheets.
8Lightly spray the side of the eggplant that’s facing up with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, turning half way through and ensuring the other side is sprayed with oil when you flip it over.
9While eggplant is cooking, mix together ricotta, spinach, parsley, additional tablespoon of Italian seasoning, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper and the remaining egg.
10When the eggplant is done (they should be a gorgeous, golden brown), place on a cutting board one strip at a time. Turn oven heat down to 350.
11Place 1 cup of marinara sauce in a 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish.
12Place ~ 1 Tbsp cheese mixture at the end of the eggplant furthest away from you. I found that it was easiest to sort of smash it down with the back of a spoon. Roll eggplant as though you would a jelly roll – staring from the furthest end and rolling toward you. Place eggplant, seal side down, into baking dish.
13Continue until you have finished your 16 rolls.
14Top each roll with 1 Tbsp marinara and 1 tsp fresh parmesan cheese.
15Bake for 25 minutes until filling is warm.