I love Eggplant Parmesan, but I hate frying . . . So, I was thrilled to discover how well the breaded slices “fry” in the oven. All you need for this recipe is five ingredients: sliced eggplant, eggs, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, and shredded cheese. And you don’t need exact amounts, either.
Here is how you make it:
Peel and slice eggplant (I used one eggplant, and it was enough for a small 8″x10″ casserole in a thin layer; double the amounts of everything if you want to fill a deep 9″x13″ pan) into 1/4″ thick slices. Beat a couple of egg in a bowl and put seasoned breadcrumbs on another plate (or unseasoned, but add some salt and pepper). Dip the slices in the crumbs, in the egg, and then back in the crumbs. When you run out of egg or breadcrumbs, just add more. I breaded my eggplant very heavily and I ended up using four eggs and half a 15 ounce carton of bread crumbs (a little over a cup, maybe 1 1/3 cups). This amount of crumbs and eggs should be enough for maybe two eggplants, breaded not so heavily (for 1 1/2 lbs. eggplant you need 8 ounces crumbs and four eggs).
Place each slice, as it is breaded, on foil sprayed with olive oil. Spray more olive oil spray on both sides of the eggplant slice. Continue on until all the slices are breaded and placed on the greased foil. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes, turning halfway through as the slices brown.
Spread a little tomato sauce in a casserole and layer over the eggplant.
Sprinkle over cheese (a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan is nice) and pour on more sauce and keep layering (you will need a jar to a jar and a half of sauce for one eggplant, more for two eggplant’s worth of eggplant parm; more sauce is better, about two jars to 1 1/2 lbs. eggplant).
Bake at 450 degrees covered for 10 minutes, uncovered for 15 minutes more. (I assembled the whole dish ahead of time, refrigerated it for serveral hours, and heated just before serving–I might have heated it up at a lower temperature than 450 degrees, maybe 375 degrees. When I reheated leftovers, I reheated at 350 degrees for a half hour.)