Thursday, September 1, 2011

An Eggcellent Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

(See that? I said Eggcellent - oh, yes I did)

Marrying a vegetarian was a little weird at first, especially as, when it comes to whipping up food, I'm no Martha Stewart, or Paula Deen, or Natalie Perry (whose foodie blog Perry's Plate is an addiction, folks - check it out). And when it comes to making vegetarian food I was limited to Fettuccine Alfredo and cheese quesadillas.

You guys, I could hardly grill a veggie burger without catching my stove on fire (true fact) and don't even get me started on my inability to boil water without melting kettles... So, when my mother-in-law came to visit us from the UK and filled our fridge with aubergines (the Brits get all French and fancy with their words, sometimes) and then LEFT THEM FOR ME, I was like, "What the heck am I supposed to do with THESE? They aren't steaks OR take-out Chinese!"

But after staring at the eggplants for a few days, I realized they weren't going to cook themselves.... so what's a girl to do but make a killer Eggplant Parmesan?

(by killer, I don't mean poisonous - no one has ever died from my cooking... *knocks wood*)

You guys, this Eggplant Parmesan is delicious. It very quickly became my hub's favorite meal. And because, 7 years later, I'm still not a huge fan of the kitchen, what's a mom to do but teach her kids how to make it so that by this time next year I'll have my own personal chefs?

TO MAKE:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (I buy the Italian-seasoned kind, because I'm lazy like that, but you can season plain crumbs yourself, if you like)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 medium eggplants, unpeeled, cut into 1/2 inch slices.
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Your favorite pasta sauce (aprox. 3 cups)
  • Mozzarella cheese (aprox. 2 cups)
  • Garlic bread (okay this has nothing to do with making the Eggplant Parmesan, but garlic bread is kind of the best, so be sure to have some)
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Stick bread crumbs in a bowl, and egg whites in a separate bowl. Coat both sides of eggplant slices in egg white, then in crumbs, then place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Spray the tops of the slices and bake for 15 minutes. Turn, spray the tops again, and bake for another 15 minutes.
  4. Assembling the casserole - In a 9 x 13 baking dish, have your personal chefs (or you) layer:
  • sauce
  • eggplants
  • sauce
  • cheese
  • eggplants
  • sauce
  • cheese
  • Italian herbs to make it look like you cooked something sort of fancy
5. Bake for 20 minutes.

VOILA!

And if you are anything like me, you'll try to get one good picture of your personal chefs SMILING with their creation, but will instead get two monkeys scowling like thugs and throwing down gang signs.







There you go, folks! An Eggplant Parmesan recipe you and your kids will love!*

*and by love, I mean your kids will say, "EW, THIS TASTES LIKE SNAILS!"

Enjoy!

xoxo,

9 comments:

Kristen said...

You are so awesome. And I'm not just saying this because you are psychically linked to my brain and knew that I needed an eggplant parm recipe *snort*. But seriously, you are an amazing mom, and writer and ilustrator... you blow my mind chicky! <3

Melody said...

Those look so tasty! And it looks like your girls had tons of fun making them.

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Oh I totally want to try this! Thank you for sharing! I love to cook, but I can't say I know how to just whip things up either. ;)

Natalie said...

I LOOOVE eggplant parm! Way to train your little chefs (that's exactly why I'm doing it, too. ha.)

Oh, and thanks for the shout out :)

Suzanne said...

Boiling water & melting kettles reminds me of *someone* who boiled water and the poor parakeets didn't survive... but the eggplant looks delicious and the girls are too cute. I'm going to post a really, reallly, good eggplant dish for you. And "eggcellent" is like when I served vegetarian beans and said, "Bean appetit" I cracked myself up. hahaha

Marisa Hopkins said...

Kristen - you know it

Melody - Thank you! :) I really is good!

Janell - YAY! you should make it!

Natalie - You cooking with your girlies always inspires me!

Sue - hahahahaha, aw, my poor bird. Yes, I get my cooking skillz from my mom, for sure. :D

Kathy said...

That looks and sounds YUMMY.

I love all the different expressions Annelie and Gracie manage to fit into that one photoshoot!

Meeling said...

Love aubergines!! ;-)

My kids...hmmmm, not so much!!

Marie said...

Great. Now I'm hungry! I must make this this weekend. My family has never had eggplant. I won't even tell them what it is. hehe.

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