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Eggplant Parmesan

This is the eggplant parmesan I baked last night in my Pampered Chef casserole stone.This is the eggplant parmesan I baked last night in my Pampered Chef casserole stone.

Here is the Eggplant Parmesan recipe that I make. Eggplant by itself is rather bland but when you doctor it up with some marinara and cheese, it is good!

This is absolutely delicious. I love Italian food. Growing up in New York State, there was always Italian food all around. Many of my schoolmates and neighbors were Italian Americans. Many spoke Italian and most of them made delicious dishes and desserts. I got to eat many during my 16 years of living there. My grandmothers were not Italian but could make delicious Italian meals, making their sauces all day long. My grandmother Pitcher would cook her sauce with meats all day long. Her house would smell heavenly! She used to bake a wonderful Italian cream cake as well.

You can make your own marinara or spaghetti sauce or you can cheat and just use a can or jar of spaghetti sauce.

We grew the Black Beauty eggplant in our garden.

One of the Black Beauty eggplants in our garden.One of the Black Beauty eggplants in our garden.
The thin eggplant is an Asian one, not used in this recipe. This is the Black Beauty eggplant from our garden.The thin eggplant is an Asian one, not used in this recipe. This is the Black Beauty eggplant from our garden.

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

For this delicious eggplant parmesan recipe, you will need:

  • Black Beauty Eggplants, farm fresh or from the produce section
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • All purpose flour
  • Eggs
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Pam baking spray
  • Spaghetti or marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella grated cheese
  • Parmesan grated cheese
  • Black pepper
Cut the ends off of the eggplant.Cut the ends off of the eggplant after washing it.
Slice into thin rounds, 1/4 to 1/2 inches.Slice into thin rounds, 1/4 to 1/2 inches.

First, wash your whole eggplant. Then slice it up into rounds that are 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Salt both sides and place on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes, allowing the excess moisture to sweat out.

The salt has sweated out the excess moisture from the slices.The salt has sweated out the excess moisture from the slices.

Wipe the moisture off of both sides of the eggplant with clean paper towels.

Put a frying pan on the stove with a small amount of olive oil.

Put up 3 small bowls next to each other. The first should have at least 1/2 cup of flour, the second should have 2 to 3 eggs, mixed with a fork, and the third bowl should have a cup of Italian bread crumbs. Depending on how much you are making, you may need to add more of each ingredient. Also, you will probably need to keep adding olive oil in the frying pan as you fry up each piece of eggplant. Have a plate at the end of the three bowls to put the dipped eggplant on before you fry it.

Fry each slice of eggplant until golden brown.Fry each slice of eggplant until golden brown.
Bake the fried eggplant for 25 minutes at 350°.Bake the fried eggplant for 25 minutes at 350°.

Dip each piece of eggplant in the flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs. Put the dipped pieces on the plate. When you are finished, heat up the olive oil in the frying pan and spray the cookie sheet with Pam. Preheat your oven to 350°.

Fry each piece of dipped eggplant in the olive oil for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side and place on the cookie sheet.

Once the frying is complete, bake the cookie sheet of fried eggplant for 25 minutes. Remove the eggplant from the oven and turn the temperature up to 400°.

Spray your casserole pan with Pam and spoon some of the marinara or spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan. Place the eggplant pieces on top of the sauce in one layer. Add a spoonful of mozzarella grated cheese on each slice. Then add a spoonful of sauce. Top with Parmesan grated cheese.

Now, add the eggplant on top for a second layer and repeat with the layers of sauce and cheeses. Salt and pepper to taste.

Begin the layering with sauce on the bottom of the pan and add the slices.Begin the layering with sauce on the bottom of the pan and add the slices.
This dish has two layers of food and topped with extra grated parmesan, ready to go into the oven.This dish has two layers of food and topped with extra grated parmesan, ready to go into the oven.

Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Enjoy because this Eggplant Parmesan is delicious!


If you would like to grow your own eggplant, we sell several varieties and you can find them here.

Again, to make this recipe, you will want to grow the Black Beauty eggplant in your garden. There are other eggplants but the smaller ones are more seedy and not as tasty. They are thinner and are suitable in other dishes.

The fried eggplant above is delicious to snack on. If you just want to enjoy some fried eggplant, fry it up and eat it as is. So good! Make sure you add plenty of salt and pepper if you will be eating it this way. Serve it with some Ranch dressing or marinara.


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