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Eggplant Parmesan

I know that I have mentioned before that my parent’s own a little Italian restaurant over in Flagler Beach. I basically grew up in the family restaurant business (20 years in FL and 9 in NY) so needless to say I’ve seen a lot food in my life. One of my most favorite meals that I get when I eat at the restaurant is Eggplant Parmesan. When I lived at home (and worked there), I would eat it at least once a week. Now that I have moved away (not too far – only an hour away), I get cravings for my parent’s Eggplant Parmesan all the time. I’ve tried and tried to make it at home, but it’s just never worked out for me.

Recently I came across a delicious looking Eggplant Parmesan recipe over at La Bella Cook. Bridgett made it sound so easy to make, I had to try it. I did this past weekend, and it was a success!! It’s a little different from what I grew up with – grilled eggplant vs. fried…but I will tell you, it was absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make it again!! My brother was over for dinner that night and he and my husband (not a huge eggplant lover) really enjoyed it and went for seconds and thirds (my brother is young and has a metabolism I can only dream of). In addition to being delicious, it was a lot healthier than the version that I get at the restaurant, and you know that healthy food that tastes good always makes me happy.

Eggplant Parmesan
Recipe from LaBella Cook

2-3 large eggplant – sliced into rounds
2-3 cups of your favorite meat sauce (see my quick recipe below)
2 cups shredded mozzarella (more or less to your liking)
Parmesan cheese

Place sliced eggplant rounds onto baking rack and salt both sides to draw out the bitterness. After about 10-15 minutes, rinse salt off eggplant.
Grill eggplant until softened on each side (I sprayed the eggplant with olive oil spray to avoid sticking).
Spread a little olive oil in a baking dish and start layering the eggplant along the bottom. Cover the bottom layer with meat sauce, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Layer again with eggplant, meat sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

Bake in 375 degree oven until sauce and cheese are bubbly and golden.

Serve with your favorite pasta.

Quick Meat Sauce

1TB olive oil
1 med/lg onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb Italian Turkey Sausage
2-3 cups of your favorite Marinara sauce (I used Barilla Marinara)

Heat oil in nonstick skillet. Add chopped onion, garlic, salt and pepper and saute until softened. Squeeze meat out of sausage casings and crumble into skillet. Continue to saute until meat is completely cooked through. Add Marinara sauce and cook for about 5-7 minutes till flavors are combined.

I’m still on vacation! Will be back soon!

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15 comments on “Eggplant Parmesan”

  1. Aggie, I have been having eggplant parmesan on the brain for about 2 weeks. I’ve been looking at different recipes online. Yours looks so delicious and cheesy. Eggplant is one of my favorites. I am going to try this one for sure.

  2. This looks delicious. Love the crusty, gooey cheese on top. Yum! Hope you are having a nice vacation.

  3. Oh yum! I like the grilled idea. I will have to pick up some eggplants this weekend at the market to make this! It looks superb!

  4. Oh wow, yours looks delicious as well! I am so glad you finally tried it. I think it is one of those addictive dishes where your tummy becomes a bottomless pit! Now I am craving more 🙂 Great job, Aggie.

  5. I LOVE Eggplant Parm! I always want to get it, whenever we go out. I haven’t made it in a really long time, and this looks like a great recipe. I even enjoy it cold. :o)

  6. Grilled eggplant looks scrumptious!

  7. This looks wonderful. I love eggplant, although I struggled with it as a kid. I love healthy updates of classic dishes!

  8. Yours and Bridgett’s have sent me into a double swoon. HOpe your trip is going well.

  9. Hope you’re having a great time. Love your eggplant! Mmmmm!!

  10. Oh my, that looks so good! I am starving right now. I think I should make this for dinner soon. Have a great night!

  11. Oh Aggie, this looks delicious. I’m so glad you posted it here since I missed it on Bridgette’s blog. I love the cheeeese!

    Have fun on your Vacay!

  12. I am scared of eggplant (bad experience when I was younger). I really want to try it again and this recipe looks like the perfect one to use.

  13. You are smart to grill it. I hate to sound like everyone else, but this looks so damn good. I love the cheesy crust.

  14. I must ask…what do your parents own? We are in that area..

  15. Hi Aggie, this recipe for Eggplant Parm looks great. I absolutely love the stuff but rarely make it becuase I have always made it fried and it is so time consuming, messy and probably not that healthy. I will definitely try this baked version, I bet it will save me alot of time and I will make it more often.