Welcome to another delightful entry from the Mediterranean kitchen at Rana’s Recipe! Today, I’m thrilled to share a special recipe that holds dearly in my heart – the Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil. This dish is my husband’s favorite: a man who is the epitome of an eggplant enthusiast! He could eat eggplant daily in a rich moussaka or grilled with sumac and lemon.
When I make Eggplant Parmigiana, he’s excited! He’s eager for the first bite of this comforting, layered dish. A symphony of tender eggplant, tangy tomato sauce, and two types of creamy cheese, all baked to golden perfection. Every bite teems with Mediterranean flavors, embodying our love for this beautiful cuisine.
The joy this dish brings to my husband, and the absolute delight it brings to our dinner table inspires me to share this recipe with all of you. I hope that it brings the same joy and excitement to your kitchen as it does to mine. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this classic Eggplant Parmigiana recipe and elevate your home cooking experience.
Ingredients: Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe
- Medium-sized eggplants form the heart of the dish, providing a rich, meaty texture when cooked.
- Salt: Used to draw out excess moisture from the eggplants during preparation.
- Flour: Coating the eggplant slices in flour creates a crisp texture when fried.
- Eggs (Beaten): Eggs serve as a binding agent, helping breadcrumbs adhere to the eggplant.
- Bread Crumbs and Panko: A combination of regular breadcrumbs and Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) offers a delightful textural contrast, with Panko adding extra crunch.
- Olive Oil: Used for frying the eggplant slices to a golden, crispy perfection.
- Roasted Tomato and Garlic Spaghetti Sauce (or canned tomatoes): This flavorful sauce provides a tangy, aromatic base for the dish.
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese (Sliced): Mozzarella cheese, when melted, adds a creamy, gooey layer to the dish.
- Parmesan Cheese (Grated): Parmesan cheese contributes a savory, umami richness.
- Dried Basil: Dried basil enhances the tomato sauce’s flavor, infusing it with a Mediterranean herbiness.
- Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves: Fresh basil leaves are used as a garnish, offering the dish a vibrant, aromatic finish.
With these ingredients, you’ll create a mouthwatering Eggplant Parmigiana that will delight your taste buds.
Perfecting Eggplant Parmigiana: Tips for Success
Preparing your Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe
Quality Ingredients: Use fresh ingredients to make your dish shine. Fresh, ripe tomatoes for the sauce (when in season), good-quality olive oil, authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano, and fresh mozzarella cheese can make a big difference in the final taste of your dish.
- Season Each Layer: Season each eggplant, sauce, and cheese layer with salt and pepper. This technique ensures that every bite of your Eggplant Parmigiana is flavorful and well-seasoned.
- Fresh Basil: Don’t skimp on fresh basil. Incorporate it in between the layers and sprinkle it on top after baking. Fresh basil imparts a unique brightness that beautifully complements the rich flavors of this dish.
- Resting Time: After your Eggplant Parmigiana comes out of the oven, rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. This rest period lets the cheeses set, making it easier to slice and serve.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil Drizzle: For a finishing touch, drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top before serving. This fresh olive oil flavor can elevate the dish to a new level.
Eggplant Parmigiana Serving Suggestions
This Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe stands alone as a star, but the right accompaniments can further amplify your culinary experience. A vibrant Fattoush salad, laden with fresh vegetables and a tangy dressing, makes an excellent companion by providing a refreshing contrast to the rich, creamy Parmigiana. The crunchiness of the Fattoush veggies beautifully offsets the eggplant’s tenderness.
Alternatively, a classic Caesar or Greek salad also pairs wonderfully well. The crisp lettuce and creamy dressing of the Caesar salad or the sharp feta cheese in the Greek salad add a refreshing element to balance the richness of the Parmigiana.
Another fantastic option is a slice of Sicilian scaccia Bread. This crusty bread complements the dish beautifully, ideal for savoring the last bits of the Parmigiana’s luscious sauce.
I would love to hear your experience!
Craving for a piece of this cheesy, comforting Eggplant Parmigiana? Give this recipe a try and don’t forget to share your creation with us. Leave a comment, rate the recipe, and tag a photo #YourBlogName on Instagram. We’d love to see what you come up with!