|Oven Baked Eggplant Parmesan|
Perhaps my favorite dish of all time is Eggplant Parmesan. Whenever I'm out at a restaurant the first thing is check on the menu is to see if they have Eggplant Parmesan. Most restaurants do not offer this delicious and healthy entree. Those that do, the variations range from the proper way it is baked (crusty breaded outer layer with a soft, slightly 'eggplant' bitter inner layer covered with fresh tomato sauce and layers of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses) to what I call 'eggplant soup.' Yes, I've had chunks of eggplant in a soupy tomato sauce passed off as "Eggplant Parmesan" (I sent it back).
Since the restaurants down here in LSD (Lower Slower Delaware) are so focused on seafood and those that do prepare Eggplant Parmesan are found so wanting, I make my own Eggplant Parmesan. Again, as usual, my version if far superior to anything I can find in a restaurant down here in East Coast Tourist Trap Land with their Sysco Driven Food supply. Mine is made with fresh ingredients, not grease soaked, and a LOT cheaper (no tip required). And when you make it at home like I do you will get it hot out of the oven, not lukewarm which is the way I usually have it served to me at a restaurant. I'm going to beat up on the restaurants down here in LaLa Land again but they have so much to learn about the proper way to serve GOOD FOOD. I guess I was spoiled by all the really good restaurants that I enjoyed all those summers in the 70's and 80's when I vacationed in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I don't know what it is with the folks who run restaurants in Gayberry, DE (aka Rehoboth Beach), but they just 'don't get it.' When I eat out now I do it for the social aspect, I've given up on getting good and interestingly prepared food. Never once in Provincetown did I have a dish served to me that was 'painted' on the dish. That's what they do down here and call it 'presentation.' Hey, I don't need 'presentation', I only need good tasting food at a reasonable price. Alas, I fear those days of dining on good and fresh food at reasonable prices is long gone. It is a reality that I have reluctantly accepted as my lot since I have made my home in coastal southern Delaware.
So here without further ado is my recipe (gleaned from the Internet with a few tweaks) for Oven Baked Eggplant Parmesan. Just a note, I don't fry my breaded eggplant slices because I don't want to smell up my kitchen and great room with grease plus I don't want all that grease splattering all over my flat top range. And another 'plus' is that oven baked is healthier. Just another reason I am healthy and kept my weight at 160 lbs. is the same as it was when I graduated from high school 52 years ago- Yes, I'm bragging (it's my blog and I can brag)
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|Eggplant Parmesan before I put it in the oven|