No Fry Eggplant Parmigiana!

by Nicole on October 5, 2011

Good morning and Happy Wednesday! How beautiful is that sun that’s shining out there? I’m so excited to share this recipe with you, that I can’t even wait.

YUM, right?

So to go along with yesterday’s post about tomato sauce, I had to make something to go with the tomato sauce. I can get sick of pasta every Sunday, so I decided to switch it up with the fresh eggplant we picked. You certainly don’t need fresh picked eggplant to make this dish, but it does add to the extra flavor. This dish was truly melt in your mouth delicious.

I don’t make eggplant parm a lot, but I was certainly reminded why I need to make it more, ¬†ESPECIALLY with panko.

What is panko? It is a type of Japanese breadcrumb made from wheat bread that has a lighter, coarser, crispier texture than Western breadcrumbs. (source) You can get it at Trader Joe’s, Wild By Nature & Whole Foods.

So without further chatter…

egg and panko dishes

first dip in egg, then in panko

ready to be baked

line the bottom of dish with sauce

first layer of eggplant and covered again with sauce

cover with mozz

and done!

*Notes: I used panko because it is extra crispy and does really well with baking. I baked the eggplant pieces to make this a healthier eggplant parm and used minimal cheese. You really don’t need to put cheese between each layer, it’s amazing with the cheese only on the top. Using fresh mozzarella really improves the taste and quality of the dish, so try not to skimp on that if possible.

There you have it, a healthier eggplant parm recipe. It can be done!

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Ashley October 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

This looks delicious, and I’m not saying that about much these days! Will definitely be making it :) I also voted for your breakfast, looked the yummiest to me for sure, plus you gotta love that extra protein in the morning from the quinoa.


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic October 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Love eggplant parm and baking with panko! Great recipe!


Kelly October 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

YUM!!! If only Keith would eat meat-free meals. I am sure I could modify this to be chicken though!


emily (a nutritionist eats) October 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm

When I was at home last weekend, my Mom made a Mark Bittman recipe – chicken & eggplant parmesan – veggies and chicken layered with sauce and breadcrumbs and parm, but no mozz! After seeing the mozz on yours, I think I would add some mozz to that recipe. :)


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