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eggplant parmesan: Fall comfort food

 

Italian recipes: eggplant parmesan. Get this and more Italian dishes on Gourmet Project, an Italian food mag and blog based in Rome.
Italian recipes: eggplant parmesan. Get this and more Italian dishes on Gourmet Project, an Italian food mag and blog based in Rome.

 

eggplant parmesan recipes

There are a million variants of eggplant parmesan in the Italian cuisine. Cause every mom and nonna has made her own, influenced by the region she lived in and the produce she had on hand.

As always, Italian recipes offer a multitude of options to choose from. And making the authentic Italian dish can appear like a big challenge.

But don’t worry, as long as you are using fresh and seasonal ingredients, real passata, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, chances are, you’ll get a greedy, spectacular casserole to bring to tonight’s table.

almost Fall

Although Fall is definitely here, I have one more eggplant recipe to share.

I’m still finding eggplants at the market, so I’m taking advantage of everything I’ll miss for the next 6 months or so.

So I’m buying a lot, cooking and preserving as much as I can, just in case I need some comfort food (read parmigiana) during the Winter.

 

dried flowers Halloween decor
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Fall produce in Italy
Fall produce in Italy

 

 

These transition phases are kind of funny, especially in warm places like Rome:

  • pumpkins and Halloween decorations, butt an eggplant parmigiana in the oven (or tomatoes being preserved)
  • sweaters and scarfs in the morning, but t-shirts in the evening
  • freezing days, and then Ottobrate romane
  • vibrant colorful flowers on one side, and decadent foliage right next to them…

 

preserving tomatoes in Rome
Fall produce in Italy

 

Halloween-diy-decorations
Fall produce in Italy

 

Our recipe

Back to the kitchen, here’s the really basic eggplant parmesan recipe, the most authentic version of it. My family recipe, of course :-).

This saucy casserole, fresh bread, and a salad are a perfect dinner, a meal that will make you happy for the rest of the week.

 

Italian recipes: eggplant parmesan. Get this and more Italian dishes on Gourmet Project, an Italian food mag and blog based in Rome.
Italian recipes: eggplant parmesan. Get this and more Italian dishes on Gourmet Project, an Italian food mag and blog based in Rome.

 

Ingredients are for two, but I hardly suggest you duplicate and:

  • Freeze for next week
  • Make leftover paninis for tomorrow’s lunch

 

Italian recipes: eggplant parmesan. Get this and more Italian dishes on Gourmet Project, an Italian food mag and blog based in Rome.
Italian recipes: eggplant parmesan. Get this and more Italian dishes on Gourmet Project, an Italian food mag and blog based in Rome.

 

 

let’s cook

 

eggplant parmesan
 
author:
recipe type: vegetarian
cuisine: Italian
serves: 2
ingredients
  • for the frying
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2-3 medium eggplants
  • Salt
  • for the sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 500 gr (17,6 oz) of tomato passata
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A pinch of salt
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • plus
  • 25 gr of parmigiano reggiano (parmesan cheese)
  • ½ a mozzarella (fior di latte)
how to
  1. prep
  2. Slice the eggplants (1 cm/0.5 inch tall). Sprinkle them with salt and place them in a coriander for about 15 minutes.
  3. Slice the mozzarella and set it to loose extra liquids in another coriander.
  4. Grate the Parmesan cheese.
  5. frying
  6. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and fry the eggplant slices, a couple of minutes on both sides, (or until golden brown).
  7. sauce
  8. Heat the olive oil in a medium/large skillet. Peel and crush the garlic cloves and brown them in the olive oil.
  9. Remove garlic and add passata. Cook over medium/low heat 20 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and mix.
  10. Turn the heat off and add basil leaves. Mix and let rest.
  11. Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F).
  12. assembling
  13. Time to assemble: you can opt for a medium-size baking sheet/casserole, or cute single serving oven pots.
  14. Anyway, what you have to do to assemble the dish, is the following:
  15. Spread the bottom of the casserole with a thin layer of the tomato sauce and add a layer of eggplant slices.
  16. Cover it with another layer of sauce, and one of parmesan cheese.
  17. Add another layer of eggplants (you might want to place some vertically and some horizontally, or just as good as it takes to fill the surface ).
  18. Cover it with tomato sauce, add a layer of mozzarella and one of parmesan.
  19. Finally, add the last layer of eggplants, cover it with sauce and finally, sprinkle it with parmesan.
  20. Summarizing:
  21. sauce + eggplant + sauce + parmesan + eggplant + sauce + mozzarella + parmesan +eggplants + sauce + parmesan.
  22. baking
  23. Bake the single or multiple casseroles 40 minutes (you should get a light crust on top).

 

And remember: parmesan eggplant is delicious hot or cold, but warm is where heaven meets earth.

 

enjoy!

Claudia

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