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Best Eggplant Parmesan

 
Best Eggplant Parmesan
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So far this is the best eggplant parmesan I have ever had. The mixture of ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan made the dish so cheesy and tasty...

Yield

9

servings

Prep

30

min

Cook

45

min

Ready

75

min

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

½ cup scallions, spring or green onions
chopped
½ cup mushrooms
sliced
2 cups spaghetti sauce
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggplant
skinny ones (Chinese eggplant), or 1 small round one
*
½ tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic
crushed
1 each yellow onion
chopped
8 ounces spinach
fresh or frozen
1 large eggs
slightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
½ cup whole-wheat flour
or all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
fry lightly frying eggplant
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 ¼ cups mozzarella cheese
shredded, low fat
*
1 large eggs
teaspoon nutmeg
ground
*
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
salt and black pepper
to taste
*

Directions

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the green onion and mushrooms in a bit olive oil until very fragrant and mushrooms are partially browned, about 5 minutes.

Pour in the spaghetti sauce and the water, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile sprinkle the salt over sliced eggplant, set aside to drain about 15 minutes, then dry the surface with paper towels.

In a medium nonstick skillet, heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat until hot.

Add the garlic and onions, stirring often, and cook until the onions are browned, about 8 minutes.

Stir in the spinach, and cook until most of the water in the spinach has been evaporated, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃).

In a shallow bowl, beat the egg and water together. Dip the eggplant slices in the egg mixture, then drag into the flour.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat a few drops of oil over medium heat.

Add the battered eggplant slices and cook until browned, turning once; drain on paper towel, 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Continue to cook until all the slices are cooked.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, 2 tablespoons parmesan, nutmeg and cooled spinach-onion mixture until well combined. Season with salt and black pepper.

In a 13" x 9" casserole or similar capacity baking dish, spread about ½ cup sauce at the bottom.

Add a layer of eggplant, top with ½ cup cheese-spinach mixture, and another ½ cup sauce.

Repeat the same steps until all the ingredients are finished, spread the remaining sauce over.

Mix the remaining ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of parmesan. Sprinkle on top.

Bake uncovered about 40 minutes, or until the cheese melts and just starts to become brown. Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes. Serve hot.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

Reviews

+1

over 5 years

So far this is the best eggplant parmesan I have ever had. The mixture of ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan made the dish so cheesy and tasty.

Browned onions were cooked with spinach, which not only just added goodness, but also gave the dish another layer of great flavor and also well balanced the cheesiness.

Lightly frying battered eggplant slices in the pan gave the nice texture, also prevent the eggplants from turing into mush during the baking. A well-thought eggplant parmesan.

If you are struggling with your eggplant, you may give this recipe a go, and you will be amazed how good it comes out.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 127g (4.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 17047% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 12% Iron 7%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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