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How to Cook Eggplant

on December 19 | in Main Dish, Recipes | by | with No Comments

The classic family recipe on how to cook eggplant that you won’t find anywhere else.  This recipe may be used as a main dish or the perfect complimentary side dish. This meal is best served with a fish or pasta of your choice.

Overview:

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Total time to cook: 25 minutes
  • Level of Difficulty: Medium
  • Serving Size: 5-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, peeled and sliced in 1/8 inch circles (soak in water for 1 hour)
  • 28 oz. tomato sauce
  • 16 oz. of water
  • 16 oz. of mozzarella, diced and shredded
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 2-3 eggs, (beaten smoothly)
  • lb. of plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of diced onions
  • Salt & peper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  • Preheat olive oil in saucepan.
  • Dip eggplant into saucepan and cook both sides until golden brown. Turn occasionally and let drain on paper towels.
  • In a separate saucepan, preheat 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil.  Add onions and cook to golden brown.
  • Add tomato sauce, water, oregano and 2-3 basil leaves to saucepan.  Simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  • In a (9×13 in) baking pan, spoon sauce so it’s covering the bottom of the pan.  Place eggplant so they span 4 across and 4 down the sides.
  • Add tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and oregano evenly.
  • Place another layer of eggplant, 4 across and 4 down the sides, covering the 1st layer of eggplant.
  • Add tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, and oregano evenly. Adding another layer of mozzarella is optional.
  • Cover baking pan with foil.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 25 minutes or until heated through.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Tip:

Prepare your sauce prior to cooking eggplant.

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