Eggplant parmesan is for day 5 of the blogging marathon. Let me first share the fond memory that this dish brings and it dates back to 10 years ago. A month or so after we arrived in the US we were invited to my hubby’s friend’s house for dinner. They are very good friends to me now, but then I was just getting to know them. This was the dish they had prepared along with pasta. Now, I had not even tried any other cuisine until then other than the familiar South Indian with specks of North Indian here and there. Remember, those were the days when Pizza hut or KFC were not heard of in India.
I also had no idea as to the amount of work involved in the dish and was just taking few bites when another friend who accompanied asked me how the dish was. My answer was “yeah, it is OK” without any excitement. He was taken back because it was supposedly a very tasty dish and I did not appreciate it and he was joking to K about it. Well, those were the days when I used to carry food from home when we go out because I could not get myself to eat bread or burger or sandwiches. Things have taken a turn now and it is all about cheese and butter these days. OK, I am just kidding.
I have made this dish a few times and I have been baking the eggplant slices rather than deep frying. Funny thing was that the first time I made it I also added lasagna along with the eggplant slices. I also add less cheese for us and more for the kids. Overall, a very tasty dish. After the busy day of cooking and clicking, I was completely exhausted. But, a bite of this dish for dinner made everything worthwhile. Off to the recipe.
- 2 eggplants
- 7oz bread crumbs (About 2 cups. You may need more or less.)
- 2 – 3 eggs (Refer to notes for substitute)
- 1.5 cups tomato sauce (store bought or homemade)
- 3 cups shredded cheese
- Use all purpose flour mixed with some water instead of egg for dipping.
- I used a 9 x 13 pan and ended up with two layers. I piled up the layers for the picture above. You could use a 8 x 8 square pan and get more layers.
- It is best to use fat eggplants to get nice round slices. I could not get a hold of big ones and I have used skinny ones.
- Place the slices slightly overlapping in the pan.
- The slices burn pretty soon. So keep an eye on them.
Tasty bite ready.