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Eggplant Parmesan

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker
Total time 50 mins
Yield Serves 4
Suggested by Sunset Facebook fan Eve Lynch.This (non-casserole) version of eggplant parmesan is lighter and fresher tasting than the classic—we ditched the breading and added spicy sauce and fresh herbs.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 lbs.), cut lengthwise into 8 slices (1/2 in. thick)
  • 8 ounces water-packed fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup crushed croutons

Nutrition Information

  • calories 427
  • caloriesfromfat 55 %
  • protein 15 g
  • fat 26 g
  • satfat 9.6 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 9.1 g
  • sodium 1020 mg
  • cholesterol 57 mg

How to Make It

  1. Set an oven rack in highest position and preheat oven to 350°. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add wine and let reduce by half, 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar, pepper, and chile flakes and simmer, stirring often, until very thick, 20 minutes.

  2. Lay eggplant slices meanwhile on a greased broiler pan (they can overlap). Cover with foil. Bake until steamy and softened, 20 minutes. Uncover; brush with 1 tbsp. oil. Broil until starting to brown, then turn over and brush with remaining oil. Broil until lightly browned, 8 minutes total.

  3. Put an eggplant slice on an oven-safe plate (leave broiler on). Top with 1/4 cup tomato sauce. Lay another slice of eggplant across first and spoon more sauce on top. Top with 2 slices cheese. Repeat layering on 3 more plates.

  4. Broil 2 plates at a time just to melt cheese, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle each plate with about 2 tbsp. each mixed herbs and croutons. Serve with remaining sauce.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.