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Monday, February 27, 2023

Skillet Eggplant Parm

Classic Italian comfort food with baked eggplant instead of fried to keep it on the healthy side.

1 medium eggplant, cut in 1/4" rounds
20-24 oz tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
3/4 cup parmesan, divided
2 cups shredded mozzarella
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp water
1 cup roughly chopped arugula (optional)
2 tsps dry basil

10" cast iron skillet

Lay slices of eggplant on paper towel, sprinkle with salt and cover with more paper towels for 45 minutes, then press with the paper towels to soak up any liquid before removing. This will ensure that you don't have soggy eggplant once breaded. You may want to cut a few smaller slices in half so that they can be placed between larger slices when fitting into the skillet.

Set up a breading station... 
- A shallow bowl with flour, 1/2 cup parmesan and basil.
- Whisk eggs and water together in another.
- And have the bread crumbs ready in a third.

Coat each eggplant slice in the flour mixture, then dip in egg to coat, then cover in crumbs gently pressing them on. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake at 400°F for 12 minutes. Carefully turn them over and return to the oven for 8 minutes.

Put 1/2 cup tomato sauce in the bottom of the cast iron pan. Now layer the baked eggplant, chopped arugula if using and sauce.

Then about half the mozzarella, more eggplant, 

the rest of the sauce to cover and the remaining mozzarella.

Bake in a 375°F oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan over the top and bake into the oven for another 7 or 8 minutes.
Rest 10 minutes before slicing.
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