Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Restaurant Style Eggplant Parmigiana????
My husband and I were really excited to have this as our dinner last night. I was so bored of regular dinner menu and I suddenly thought why not try this parmigiana for a change. Both of us like it so much that we end up eating this dish whenever we go to Olive Garden. I think its the best vegetarian dish that we get. I always thought it was a detailed procedure to make it. But then I realized it was really simple if we had the right ingredients. I found this recipe on food network. It made some changes to it to suit my requirements. One can never go wrong in this menu. Its very simple and tasty. Kids would love this dish.
Italian Eggplant - 1 ( I used 1/2 of it since we were only 2 of us . So it depends on how many you need. I got 12 slices out of my half eggplant.)
Bread crumbs (Italian Style) - 1 cup
Oil - to deep fry
Mozzarella Cheese - 2- 3 slices
Parmesan Cheese - 2 tbsp grated
Sphagetti pasta - Handfull
All purpose flour / Maida - 1 tbsp
Marinara Sauce - 1/4 cup
First, make a thin paste with the flour ( You can use eggs in replacement of flour. We dont eat egg so i used flour. ). Cut eggplant into medium sized slices. You can remove the skin or just keep the skin on. Dip the eggplant into that flour paste and then dip it in bread crumbs.
Deep fry the eggplant untill brown. Cook pasta simultaneously.
After frying keep top the fried eggplant with mozzarella cheese and bake it in the oven for few mins till the cheese melts. We could bake pasta topped with marinara sauce along with eggplant. But bake it just to heat it and not for too long.
Serve the pasta and sauce along baked eggplant. Also if you need more marinara sauce, you can always add it on top of the eggplant before baking. We like to have the eggplant crispy. so i just added the cheese on top. But in restaurants, they top the eggplant with cheese and some marinara sauce. Garnish with some grated Parmesan cheese before serving.
Enjoy the meal!!!!
Sending this to Torview's Food Paletter Series - Brown