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SANDRA'S CRUNCHY-MOIST TASTIEST EGGPLANT EVER

I have made eggplant using many methods
and this version tops them all,
it's like a meal in itself...
Servings: (4)
Prep: Stand time: 20 Mins. |
Fry/Bake: 35 to 40 Mins.

Posted by Sandra

INGREDIENTS

1 organic eggplant, peeled and sliced into ½” rounds
1 fresh lemon, juiced
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup dry italian breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium organic onion, sliced
2 organic tomatoes, sliced (or chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh organic basil, chopped
1 cup grated organic parmesan cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

METHOD

Brush the eggplant slices on both sides with lemon juice (to prevent oxidation), and sprinkle kosher salt (to remove bitterness) on both sides as well, and then place eggplant slices in a strainer over a bowl for 20 minutes,rinse and pat dry with paper towels.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil, spray with oil, and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large non-skillet over medium-high heat to par-fry eggplant, just until lightly seared. Place eggs in a shallow dish and slightly beat them with the cayenne pepper. Place the flour, breadcrumbs, and garlic powder in 2 separate ziploc bags. Dredge the eggplant slices first in the flour, in beaten eggs, and in breadcrumbs to coat. Fry coated eggplant slices in skillet, just until golden brown, about a minute per side (you may need to do so in batches). Season with kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste, and place on prepared baking sheet. In the same skillet add a bit more olive oil and saute the onions until translucent, and then layer them atop the slices of eggplant, topping them off with the tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and mozzarella.

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is lightly browned, melted, and bubbly. – Enjoy!

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Tip: I like to serve this dish with warm crispy baguette slices, and a fresh garden salad!

1 comment:

sandra said...

This is a wonderful dish on its own to serve as a meal -- there are many textures and its very favorful as well ;-)

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