Now I say "not really" because isn't true eggplant parm fried and layered with cheeses? Well, this eggplant is sliced into rounds, and baked...then the slices are served individually to everyone, with a small side of pasta. Does that make sense? No stacking, layering, etc. It is so incredibly delicious, even my kids inhale this. They call it "Mommy's Homemade Pizza". If they knew it was really eggplant, they would freak.
|Swear these taste so much better than my picture would lead you to believe.|
- 1 eggplant, peeled and sliced into rounds (not too thin but not too thick)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- Pasta sauce (My favorite is the Flora Tuscan Basil or Vodka Sauce)
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Basil (I like fresh but dried is fine too)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
I take a baking tray and line it with foil, then give a good drizzle of olive oil all over it.
I dip the eggplant slices in the egg, then the bread crumbs.. Give it a good breading on both sides.
Then lay on the baking tray.
Repeat for all remaining slices (do not overlap...make sure they are all a single layer) and then put in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip slices, add another drizzle of olive oil if needed, and then bake for another 10 minutes. (They will come out so delish and crispy this way!)
After they are done, drizzle (do I like that word or what?! Fo shizzle) some sauce over them. If you are short on time or trying to make this extra easy on yourself, (EARMUFFS, MOM!)...I highly recommend just opening a jar of sauce. (You can do your homemade sauce next time. Take it easy this time. You've worked so hard the whole week. In fact, here...have a glass of wine. What? You want me to have one with you? Well, don't mind if I do!)
Where was I? This is not a very professional way to write a recipe.
OK, FOR REAL.
Sprinkle some mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top. Also give it a nice sprinkling of basil. Bake for another few minutes or so, until cheese is nice and melty and golden brown and your house smells so heavenly, you think you just might be able to start speaking Italian.