Wednesday, July 24 2024

Parmigiana di Melanzane is a typical southern Italian dish that has spread throughout Italy.

Its origin is uncertain, but it is thought to have been created by grandmothers as a way to preserve excess eggplant from the garden.


The original recipe calls for fried eggplant, tomato sauce, mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese.

Preparation is simple but takes some time, especially for frying the eggplant.

Eggplant Parmigiana is a versatile dish and can be served either as a main dish or as a side dish.

 

 

 

 

SERVINGS:6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large eggplants
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup of flour for dredging
  • 2 cups of bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • 7-8 slices of mortadella or prosciutto cotto
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese or enough fresh buffalo mozzarella sliced thin
  • 3 cups of tomato sauce

 

 

METHOD

  • First prepare the eggplant.

  • Cut the ends off then slice the eggplants into circles 1/2 inch thick

  • Immediately salt the eggplant to draw out the moisture and prevent browning.

  • Let them sit and drain on paper towels for about 30 minutes.

  • Pat dry.

  • Beat eggs and milk together.

  • Use three bowls, one for the flour, one for the egg mixture and one for the bread crumbs.

  • First place the eggplant in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the bread crumbs.

  • Heat a large skillet with the oil.

  • Fry eggplant on both sides until golden brown.

  • Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel.

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

  • Place some sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish.

  • Lay the eggplant on the bottom of the dish.

  • Put some more sauce on top, sprinkle with some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and top with the mozzarella and mortadella.

  • Repeat this step one more time.

  • Bake uncovered in the oven for about a half hour until cheese is browned and bubbly.

  • If baked the next day I would baked for around an hour until it’s warmed throughout.

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