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Eggplant Parmesan

Yummy but a little messy ūüôā

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Ingredients (Makes 10 servings – so plan accordingly if you want to make less!)

  • 2¬† large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1¬† tablespoon¬† water
  • 2¬† cups¬† whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) Regular breadcrums
  • 1/4¬† cup¬† (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (we used our trusty Kraft Parmesan-Asiago blend for this)
  • 2¬† (1-pound) eggplants, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1/2¬† cup¬† torn fresh basil We bought the basil in a tube – you can find this in the produce section of the grocery
  • 1/4¬† cup¬† (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2¬† teaspoon¬† crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2¬† teaspoons¬† minced garlic
  • 1/4¬† teaspoon¬† salt
  • 1¬† (16-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1¬† large egg, lightly beaten
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1¬† (24-ounce) jar premium pasta sauce
  • 1/4¬† teaspoon¬† salt
  • 8¬† ounces¬† thinly sliced mozzarella cheese (we used fat free)
  • 3/4¬† cup¬† (3 ounces) finely grated fontina cheese

Okay so this recipe makes 10 servings. So we ended up splitting this in half. We bought a slightly bigger eggplant so the recipe had more eggplant than it called for – but who doesn’t love a little extra eggplant in their life?

We also skipped out on the extra 3/4cup fontina cheese. We just sprinkled the top of the meal with the Kraft blend that we use for a lot of different recipes. Look for it in the shredded cheese area of your grocery store.

 

 

 

dReJ Say: This recipe takes awhile to bake. I guess we should have figured that out since it’s a¬†Parmesan/lasagna¬†type thing. So this would be something that you want to start early if you plan to make it the same night your eat it. To be honest – I’m not sure how good this one would reheat. We made it for dinner both times and it was really good right out of the oven.

Calories:

We both expected this to be a little bland Рbut it actually had a lot of great flavors. Perfect warm meal for a cold night Рand easy on the stomach, too ringing in at just under 400 calories. Not bad for a hearty Italian style dish!

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