18 Apr Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
18 April 2021
PREP. TIME: 20min - Cook Time: 20 - 40 mins - Serves: 6
Everyone loves this family favourite! Slices of eggplant, cooked in olive oil, and layered with a coarse tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese and mozarella before being baked in the oven.
1 kg epplants
1 kg skinned tomatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup plain flour
100g Parmesan cheese
200g Mozarella cheese
Dried oregano or basil.
Chopping board and kitchen knife
Clean tea towels
Large fry pan
Medium fry pan
Medium size baking dish
Step 1 Prep
Prepare the eggplant
Rinse and dry well,
Cut into 1 cm thick slices, cutting lengthwise
Lay on a clean tea towel and sprinkle with salt. Leave for about 10 - 20 minutes allowing the eggplant to sweat.
While the eggplant are sweating, make the tomato sauce.
Heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in the medium pan with 2 peeled cloves of garlic. Do not let the garlic brown.
Finely chop the tomatoes with a kitchen knife.
Scrape the tomatoes and their juices into the hot oil.
Stir well, season with oregano, salt and pepper.
Allow to simmer to create a thick sauce.
Preheat the oven to 200c
Step 2 Cook
Arrange some paper towel on the cake rack and place this close to the fry pan
Prepare a plate of flour beside the frypan.
Pour extra virgin olive oil into the base of the large pan - about 3cm deep.
Take the first few slices of eggplant. Pat them dry and drag them through the flour, shaking off any excess before gently placing them in the hot oil. It should be sizzling hot. If not - wait another minute or two.
Do not overcrowd the pan - you need to do this in batches.
Cook on one side until golden, then turn using the tongs. Once it is golden on the other side, transfer it to the paper towel to drain
Cook all of the eggplant in this way.
Step 3 Assembly
Arrange a layer of eggplant in the base of the baking dish.
Spoon a small amount of tomato sauce over the eggplant
Grate a thin layer of Parmesan cheese over the sauce and dot some pieces of mozarella or Fiore di Latte on top.
Continue layering until the dish is full or until you have used all of the ingredients.
Aim for at least 3 layers.
The top layer should be a thin layer of the tomato sauce and the cheeses.
Step 4 Bake
Place the baking dish in the centre of the preheated oven.
Cook for about 20 minutes or until the top is coloured - this may take up to 40 minutes depending on how hot your oven is.
Step 5 To Serve
Serve hot or cold from the baking dish - at the table.
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