Eggplant Parmesan

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Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Recipe from Cooking Light

Use whole-wheat panko in this Italian recipe; the regular type became soggy in a test.

Ingredients

  • Eggplant:
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 (1-pound) eggplants, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil
  • 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
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) finely grated fontina cheese

Preparation

Total: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. 2. To make eggplant, combine 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon water in a shallow dish. Combine panko and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a second shallow dish. Dip eggplant in egg mixture; dredge in panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere and shaking off excess. Place eggplant 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden, turning once and rotating baking sheets after 15 minutes.
  3. 3. To make filling, combine basil and next 6 ingredients (through egg).
  4. 4. To assemble, spoon 1/2 cup pasta sauce in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer half of eggplant slices over pasta sauce. Sprinkle eggplant with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Top with about 3/4 cup pasta sauce; spread half of ricotta mixture over sauce, and top with a third of mozzarella and 1/4 cup fontina. Repeat layers once, ending with about 1 cup pasta sauce. Cover tightly with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Remove foil; top with remaining third of mozzarella and 1/4 cup fontina. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese melts; cool 10 minutes.
Kathy Kitchens Downie, RD,,
September 2010

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 318
  • Fat: 15.1g
  • Saturated fat: 8.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 19.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.8g
  • Fiber: 4.8g
  • Cholesterol: 99mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 655mg
  • Calcium: 365mg