Eggplant Parmesan is a traditional Italian dish consisting of breaded and fried eggplant
slices that are layered with tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella and
baked. If you prefer not to fry the eggplant, we also have provided you with directions on
how to grill or bake the eggplant slices.
2 medium-size eggplants
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Flour for dredging
Salt and pepper
2 cups Italian-flavored breadcrumbs
1/2 to 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Slice the eggplants into 1/4-inch rounds. Place the beaten eggs in a shallow
rimmed dish. Set out a plate of flour and a plate of bread crumbs. Season the
flour with salt and pepper. Blend 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese into the bread
crumbs. Lightly flour the eggplant slices, shaking off any excess. Dip into the
eggs, then the bread crumbs.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the eggplant in batches,
turning them when the edges brown. Transfer the cooked eggplant to a paper-
towel lined plate.
Layer the ingredients in a 9 x 15 x 2-inch baking dish.
Begin by spreading some of the tomato sauce on the bottom. Add an
overlapping layer of eggplant. Follow with more sauce, some Parmesan
cheese, and some mozzarella. Add another layer of eggplant and continue the
same layering. End with a layer of sauce and a handful of mozzarella.
Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15-
20 minutes until the cheese begins to brown. Remove from oven and allow to
rest for 10 minutes before serving.
If you prefer not to fry the eggplant, you can make it with grilled or baked
slices. You may choose to bread the slices or simply coat them with oil.
To bake the eggplant slices:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Brush 2 large baking sheets with oil.
Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with oil. Coat the slices with the bread
crumb and Parmesan mixture. Arrange the slices in a single layer on the
baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Turn the slices
with a spatula. Bake until the second side is browned and the slices are
tender, about 10 more minutes.
To grill the eggplant slices:
Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with oil. Place on a outdoor or stove
top grill, and cook until both sides are browned and tender.
If you want to make lasagna or eggplant
parmesan ahead of time and freeze it, you
should assemble the dish and freeze it
before baking. Cover the dish tightly with
plastic wrap, and then aluminum foil. It will
keep in the freezer for about 1 month.
Ideally, you should thaw the dish before
baking. If it's still frozen, start baking it at a
lower temperature, about 300 degrees F.,
then turn up the heat once it's warmed
through. You can test the internal
temperature by sticking a knife in the
center and touching the knife to see if it's
hot when you pull it out.