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Baked Eggplant Parmesans

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Eggplant Parmesan is an iconic Italian dish that brings together the rich, hearty flavors of eggplant, cheese, and tomato sauce. This baked version offers a lighter twist, making it not only delicious but also a healthier alternative to the traditional fried eggplant Parmesan. The softness of the eggplant, coupled with the creaminess of cheese and the tang of tomato sauce, creates a harmonious balance that is hard to resist. So let’s dive into what makes this dish so special and how to make it.

Why People Love Cooking this Recipe

There is a plethora of reasons why baked eggplant Parmesan is a favorite among many. Firstly, it is a versatile dish that can be served as a main course or a side dish. The combination of flavors and textures appeals to a wide audience, making it a hit at family gatherings or dinner parties. Moreover, eggplant is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, adding a nutritional punch. This baked version is also lighter on the calories, making it a preferred choice for health-conscious individuals. Lastly, the simplicity and affordability of the ingredients make this recipe accessible to people on various budgets.

Why this Recipe is Healthy

I can attest that baked eggplant Parmesan is nutritionally balanced. Eggplants are low in calories but high in fiber, which aids digestion. They’re also rich in antioxidants, particularly nasunin which has been linked to brain health. The use of olive oil provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Baking instead of frying significantly reduces the fat content. The cheeses offer a good source of calcium and protein.

Who Can Eat This Recipe?

This dish is suitable for vegetarians and anyone looking for a nutritious, hearty meal. However, it’s not suitable for vegans due to the cheese, or for individuals with a tomato or nightshade allergy.

Baked eggplant Parmesan is not just a dish; it’s an experience of flavors and textures that nourish both the body and the soul. With its wholesome ingredients and rich taste, it is bound to become a staple in your culinary repertoire.

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Baked Eggplant Parmesans Recipe Details

Baked Eggplant Parmesans Recipe Details

amelia-taylor
prep time
45 minutes
cooking time
55 minutes
servings
4-6
total time
1 hour 40 minutes

Equipment

  • Oven

  • Baking sheet

  • Baking dish

  • Mixing bowls

  • Knife

  • Brush for oil

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized eggplants, sliced

  • Salt, for drawing out moisture from the eggplants

  • 2 cups marinara sauce

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • Olive oil for brushing

  • Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

1

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2

Salt the eggplant slices and let them sit for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

3
4

Dip eggplant slices into beaten eggs, then coat with breadcrumbs.

5

Place on a baking sheet, brush with olive oil, and bake for 25 minutes, turning once.

6

In a baking dish, layer marinara sauce, eggplant slices, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

7

Repeat the layers and finish with cheese on top.

8

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbly.

9

Garnish with fresh basil before serving.

Notes

Salt the Eggplant: Before you start, generously salt the eggplant slices and let them sit for 30 minutes. This draws out the moisture, improving the texture. Use Quality Cheese: Opt for high-quality mozzarella and Parmesan, as they melt beautifully and have richer flavors. Customize the Sauce: While store-bought marinara sauce can be used, consider making your own. This allows for personalization in terms of flavor and texture.
Amelia Taylor
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