Eggplant Parmesan

What You Need

1 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg, blended with 1 tablespoon milk
1 medium eggplant, sliced into 6 (1/2-inch) rounds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed and then minced
1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
2 (15-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Here's How

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place bread crumbs on a shallow plate. Pour egg misture onto another shallow plate. Place a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. Take a round of eggplant, dip it into the egg mixture until fully covered, and then drag through the bread crumbs until completely coated; transfer to a wire rack. Repeat for each round of eggplant and then bake in oven for 15 minutes.

While eggplant is baking, heat olive oil in a 5-quart nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add the chili flakes and stir to incorporate. Add the crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the basil, and remove from heat.

Remove eggplant from oven and leave oven at 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a medium-sized casserole dish (about 13 by 11 inches) with the eggplant rounds. Pour the tomato sauce over the eggplant. Top with the cheeses. Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is soft and bubbly. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Makes 6 servings.


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