Saturday, November 8, 2008

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite thing to order in Italian restaurants. It's super easy and really cheap to make at home if you catch eggplant on sale.  It is time consuming, but worth it.  

I rarely fry foods, but this is so much better fried. I know people say to salt an eggplant. I've been using eggplants for years and have never salted a single one. I've discovered the peel is the bitter part. I peel it and bye-bye bitterness.

First, slice the peeled eggplant and dip it in flour, next in watered down egg and then in Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs). Fry the breaded slices in oil until golden.

While your eggplant is frying preheat your oven to 350 and cook your spaghetti noodles, just like you would for spaghetti.

I'm lucky to have this stovetop/oven pan from Ikea, so once the eggplant is finished, I drain the hot oil and add the cooked spaghetti and spaghetti sauce into the pan. If you don't have a stovetop to oven pan assemble your meal into a 9x13 pan.

Next top with the drained, fried eggplant.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake for 5-8 minutes until cheese is melted and ta-da... Delicious Eggplant Parmesan.

Warning: You should never actually make this recipe for your family as it is poison to some children. Never mind the rest of the family who absolutely LOVE it and gobble it down. The world does revolve around the oldest child. Everyone know that. Am I right?

It's so horrible even her plate couldn't keep quiet.


Mrs. Homemaker said...

I love oven proof skillets! I have done eggplant parmesan before, but not with spaghetti noodles. I don't mind eggplant, but the spaghetti noodles sound perfect for disguising it for those slightly more picky people. :-)

Anonymous said...

This is a very cool frying pan ... does it have a detachable handle for stove-top use? I'll have to check it out next time I'm at Ikea. I've never seen eggplant parmesan served over noodles, but it's a great idea :o) I've always used the fried eggplant slice *in place of* noodles, making a lasagna-style layered casserole. Your way looks quick and easy.


~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Yum, Happy Pink Saturday

Anonymous said...

looks so yum!

imjacobsmom said...

Thanks for this delicious recipe! I hope to poison my son with this very soon. ~ Hope you are having a Happy Pink Weekend. ~ Robyn

Stephanie said...

Too funny! Well, at least she ate enough that the "yuck" was clearly visible.

The Eggplant Parmesan looks very delicious. I've never seen it with spaghetti noodles, it looks really good with that!

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

I have never made that before, infact I have never cooked egg plant. I think I am going to have to try it....

Kelli said...

That looks so yummy...I'm going to be making that soon!

Carla said...

I've seen this reaction on my youngest! I love it when he eats else where!