Eggplant Parmigiano


  • Preparation time: 30 min.
  • Cooking time: 1 hour
  • Number of servings: 5 servings.

Ingredients

For the tomato sauce

  • Fresh green basil – 1 bunch
  • Extra Virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Ground black pepper – 1 pinch
  • Raw tomatoes – 1000 g
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp.
  • Large-crystal salt – 1 pinch
  • Garlic – 3 cloves

For the eggplants

  • Blue eggplants – 3 units.
  • Extra Virgin olive oil – 5 tbsp.
  • White bread crumbs – 100 g
  • Mozzarella Cheese – 150 g
  • Parmesan cheese – 150 g
  • Garlic – 1 clove

Parmigiano with eggplant

This is probably the dish that finally and irrevocably made me love Italian food! For eggplant, I don’t know a better recipe than this.

The amazing combination of sweet and sour tomato sauce, spicy parmesan and tender eggplant is a real treat! My whole family loves this dish, so I suggest you try it too!

Instructions

Step 1

You will need tomatoes in their own juice, eggplant, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, garlic and freshly ground black pepper to make this recipe.

Step 2

Peel the tomatoes and finely chop them.

Step 3

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and fry the garlic until it’s fragrant. Be extremely careful not to burn the garlic or its unpleasant smell and bitter taste will ruin the entire dish.

Step 4

Immediately add the tomatoes and freshly chopped basil greens (you’ll need 1/3 of a bunch).

Step 5

Add the juice from the canned tomatoes and stir the sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes over low heat under a lid.

Step 6

While the tomato sauce is simmering, cut the eggplant into thin slices. I always cut the eggplant into slices crosswise, but this time I decided to try it lengthwise. I can tell you that in circles is better, as they are more convenient to eat.

Step 7

Fry the eggplant slices in olive oil until golden and soft.

Step 8

When the sauce is ready, season it with black pepper, salt and, if the sauce is sour, add a tablespoon of sugar. Stir and remove from heat and set aside.

Step 9

Grate the cheese on a fine grater and tear the mozzarella into coarse fibers.

Step 10

Take a deep ceramic baking dish and grease it with olive oil. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Step 11

Pour 1 ladle of tomato sauce into the mold.

Step 12

Place eggplant slices overlapping or in 2 layers on top.

Step 13

Pour over again with a ladleful of tomato sauce.

Step 14

Sprinkle 1/3 of the grated Parmesan. Top with eggplant, pour sauce, sprinkle with parmesan and repeat these manipulations until you have no ingredients left.

Step 15

The last layer should consist of tomato sauce and cheese. Place the mozzarella slices on top.

Step 16

Crush the white bread crumbs in a mortar into large pieces.

Step 17

Drizzle them with 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt and squeeze 1 clove of garlic through a press. Stir the breadcrumbs with your hands.

Step 18

Sprinkle the flavored breadcrumbs over the casserole and send to the oven for 40-50 minutes.

Step 19

When the breadcrumbs are browned and the eggplant is fully baked, remove the casserole from the oven and place on the table. Let it stand for about 10 minutes and then serve. Bon appetit!


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