Eggplant Parmesan

Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13981/eggplant-parmesan-i

1 eggplant, cut into 3/4 inch slices
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
8 tablespoons olive oil
12-16 ounces ricotta cheese
6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1-2 cups bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
4 cups pasta sauce w/onions & garlic

Optional: Sprinkle both sides of the eggplant slices with salt. Place slices in a colander, and place a dish underneath the colander to capture liquid that will sweat out of the eggplant. Allow to sit for 30 minutes (up to 4 hours)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, basil. (Alternatively, basic can go into homemade pasta sauce.)

Rinse the eggplant in cold water until all salt is removed. Press with paper towels to dry. Dredge in egg, coat in seasoned breadcrumbs.

In a large skillet, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Place one layer of eggplant in the pan, brown each side. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices, using additional oil if necessary. High heat, quick frying. Place on metal rack over plate to maintain crispiness.

In a 9×13 inch baking dish, evenly spread 1 1/2 cups of spaghetti sauce. Arrange a single layer of eggplant slices on top of the sauce. Top the eggplant with 1/2 of the cheese mixture. Repeat layering process until all the eggplant and cheese mixture is used. Pour remaining sauce on top of layers, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.

Bake 30 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until sauce is bubbly.

 

 

 

 

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