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Baking dish of roasted rounds of baked eggplant parmesan with cheese and tomato bits on top of each stack of eggplant rounds

Quickie Eggplant Parmesan

I adapted NYT's Mark Bittman's Eggplant Parmesan Recipe to my own needs, as described in this blog post. However herein I give you Bittman's original recipe. In his intro. he describes eggplant fried in oil as "dreamy." If you want a healthier version, do as I did, and not as he says. Nonetheless, however you like to prepare your eggplant, enjoy!

Course Casserole
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Eggplant, eggplant parmesan, tomato sauce
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • olive oil as needed
  • 2 lbs eggplant, preferably small ones but in any case, firm
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds fresh plum tomatoes or one 28-ounce can, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Chopped parsley for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Put ⅛ inch of oil in your largest skillet (the bigger the skillet, the faster you can get through sautéing the eggplant) and turn the heat to medium. Start trimming and slicing eggplant: ½-inch slices, or maybe ⅜-inch, but not as thin as ¼ inch. When the oil shimmers, add the eggplant; you can crowd them as long as they don't overlap. Season with salt and pepper and cook, turning as necessary, until nicely tender and browned on both sides; drain on paper towels. Add more oil when necessary.

  2. Alternative eggplant prep: Brush eggplant slices on both sides with oil and bake it in half pans for about 25 mins/side at 375 degrees turning once.

  3. Cook the onion in the remaining oil; when it's tender, add the tomatoes and some salt and pepper and cook at a lively simmer until saucy, 10 or 15 minutes. Heat the oven to 400.

  4. Eyeball your eggplant and your baking dishes and pick a nice dish that will work. I like a big oval gratin dish for this. Add a layer of eggplant, then tomato sauce, then cheese, then eggplant, tomato sauce, cheese. That will probably do, but you can make more layers if you like. Bake until the cheese is melted and the whole thing is bubbly, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot or at room temperature.

    Baking dish of roasted rounds of baked eggplant parmesan with cheese and tomato bits on top of each stack of eggplant rounds