Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chef Chuck's Eggplant Parmigiana



Melanzane alla Parmigiana

This recipe is handed down through my family, my mom taught me at a very young age. Some say it originated in Naples, but I say who cares, it's everyone's favorite! We find the less ingredients the better, allowing each flavor to stand on it's own.



Sauce
1 large can of tomato sauce
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon each parsley, oregano and basil
salt and pepper to taste

or...
2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce preferably homemade!






One of Mother Earth's
many gifts.

Eggplant

2 firm eggplants

2 eggs
1/2 pound mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup parmigiana reggiano grated
salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil for frying


In a medium pot saute olive oil and garlic for about 30 seconds, stirring, add sauce, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer on low heat while preparing eggplant. This is a quick marinara sauce.



Peel and slice eggplant in 1/4 inch slices. Lay eggplant on paper towels and cover with more paper towels on top for about 30 minutes, this will eliminate any tartness. Meanwhile, whisk eggs with about 1 tablespoon grated parmigiana cheese, salt and pepper. Dip 1 slice of eggplant into egg mixture, then dip in breadcrumbs and lay on plate. In a frying pan heat olive oil and fry 4 slices at a time, until golden brown on each side. In a 9x11 baking dish or similar, coat bottom of dish with sauce then begin the first layer of eggplant. On top of each eggplant slice add a little sauce, followed by grated parmigiana, and then grated mozzarella. Next add a layer of eggplant, sauce and followed by your cheeses. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

4 comments:

  1. Clearly one of Mother Earth's greatest gifts :o)
    Eggplant parm.. a man after my own heart. Looks super!

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  2. Hello Jadeane, Thanks for the compliment. You are right,taste as good as it looks!!
    Chuck

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  3. I have always loved eggplant, but did not know how to cook with it. That is not a complaint, for the one dish we do make is eggplant parm. We all love it in this house and make it nearly weekly.

    If I had only one meal to eat before I died, it would definitely be this. This looks grand!

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  4. Thanks to you,The Cooking Lady.
    I am glad that eggplant parm is one of your BEST!
    Enjoy, Chuck

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