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Eggplant Parmesan

My father-in-law's signature dish that always receives rave reviews; layers of fried eggplant, pasta sauce and tons of cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 to 12 servings
Calories 331 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Eggplant

  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick 1½ pounds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

For the Eggplant Parmesan

  • cups pasta sauce divided
  • 20 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded (about 5 cups), divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese divided
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Directions

  1. Prepare the Eggplant: Place the sliced eggplant in a colander and sprinkle with the kosher salt. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse and place on a double layer of paper towels and pat dry.
  2. Place the lightly beaten eggs in one shallow bowl, and the bread crumbs in another (I like using pie plates for this!). Dip the slices of eggplant into the egg, allowing any excess to drip off, then coat in the bread crumbs. Place the breaded eggplant on a baking sheet while you prepare the rest.
  3. Pour the olive oil and vegetable oil in a large, deep skillet (I use a 12-inch cast iron skillet) and heat over medium-high heat. Add a pinch of bread crumbs to see if the oil is ready - if they begin bubbling and sizzling the oil is ready.
  4. Add the eggplant slices a few at a time (do not overcrowd the pan, four is about the max amount per batch) and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.
  5. Assemble the Eggplant Parmesan: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Spread ¾ cup of the pasta sauce over the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover the sauce with slices of eggplant (the pieces can overlap), then spread 1 cup of sauce over the eggplant slices, sprinkle with 2 cups of the shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/3 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Repeat another layer of eggplant, 1 cup of sauce, 2 cups shredded mozzarella and 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. For the last layer, add the sliced eggplant, 1 cup of sauce, remaining 1 cup shredded mozzarella, and 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F, and continue to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese on top is melted, browned and bubbling. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Eggplant Parmesan
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 913mg40%
Potassium 450mg13%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 845IU17%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 395mg40%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.