I decided to try to make eggplant parmesean for the first time last night. I wanted to try something fairly light, and so I hunted up a baked version of the recipe. Here's the basic recipe I used. Eggplant Parmesean
First I gathered my ingredients. I liked this picture with all the color (it's the little things, right?)
Then I found my helpers. This one takes cooking very seriously!
and this one..
(how's that for a weird focus shot??? let's put the background/rug in focus, and blur the pug! oh well...still learning the new camera. please forgive me!)
PS - how do you like my $8 rugs from Kohl's? A steal! And machine washable (requirement in this house)
And I got to work - peeled and sliced my eggplant, added a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and then threw them in the oven.
Those of you who are more alert than I am will immediately notice my preparation steps didn't coincide with the recipe. Yes, the recipe calls for the breading (egg dip + breadcrumbs) to happen BEFORE the slices go in the oven. I missed that one... and breaded them AFTER they were slightly roasted.
Note: bread before. Not after. This is important!
Note #2: I seasoned my breadcrumbs with salt, pepper and garlic powder. I felt obligated.
Carrying on...I put some spagetti sauce in the bottom of my pan, and then layered in the eggplant.
Doesn't the color of the sauce just pop??
I nestled all of the eggplant in the pan, covered it with sauce, and then added some parmesean cheese.
And then...the finale. Cheese. Glorious cheese.
So much for "light"
I mean really.
You cannot make a "parmesean" anything with out cheese. So there.
I prefer montery jack.
No, I can't explain it.
Somethings just "are".
Into the oven, baked for about 30 minutes...
and out came this beauty
Don't you just LOVE when the cheese bubbles up and browns just a bit?
mmm mmm mmm!
The verdict? edible, totally. even with my misstep on the breading. I enjoyed it. It was still fairly light (even with all that ooey gooey cheese).
Yes, it's true. I made, and consumed, a vegetarian meal.
And didn't die.
how about that??
It's a new day!
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