Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes
Healthy and delicious eggplant main dish
Slice the eggplant crosswise. Sprinkle with salt and stand upright for 30-60 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. This makes the eggplant tender and less bitter, and it will absorb less oil.
For tomato sauce: Saute the onion, celery and garlic in oil in a large skillet until tender. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano and bay leaf. Simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes or until desired consistency. Remove bay leaf and set aside. Proceed with eggplant.
Eggplant: Combine flour and salt. Dip eggplant in egg, then in seasoned flour. Sauted eggplant slices in hot oil in large skillet for 3 minutes on each side, adding more oil if necessasry. Drain slices well on paper towel.
Place 1/2 of eggplant in single layer in 10 x 6 x 2-inch baking dish, cutting slices to fit. Sprinkle with 1/2 of Parmesan cheese, 1/2 sauce and 1/2 mozzarella cheese. Cut remaining mozzarella into triangles. Repeat layers.
Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot.
Adapted from The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook, edited by Barbara and Frank Sinatra.
claudegbeaudoin 3y agoDidn't quite follow the recipe, I never do, but turned out pretty good. They key steps were followed (salting the eggplant prior to cooking) is an important one to follow. The rest is really up to taste and method of baking. Well done, marked as favorite!
Chan1821 3y agoI doubled the sauce and used home canned tomatoes and it came out perfect. Definitely worth the time!
Sambr 3y agoIt's a pretty long process if you ask me (equivalent to making lasagna) but totally worth the effort. Made this for a family dinner and it was a huge hit! Will certainly make this again.
Marc13pp 4y agoThe best eggplant Parmesan I've ever had.
Chan1821 5y agoThis is fantastic!!! You need to double the sauce but it turned out perfect
HonBon 6y agoEven my brother-in-law, the world's pickiest eater, thought this dish was delicious. [I posted this recipe.]