I have terrible luck with cooking eggplant. I really only have a few successful go-to dishes (this Martha Stewart recipe and broiled Japanese eggplant similar to this), but as a fan of eggplant parm with a CSA box full of the stuff, I was looking for a simple dish that would hold up.
I was thinking of coming up with my own dish, but when I inquired if anyone knew of a good recipe, someone pulled through and directed me to this Whole Foods Market eggplant Parmesan dish. Duh, one of my go-to sites for solid recipes, I figured why reinvent the wheel? Already jonesing for the acidy, cheesy, smooth yet crunchy mix of a meal, I was going to make a casserole dish of it. But as luck would have it, I didn’t need my casserole dish.
A coworker told me about a fellow Palm Beach County food blogger I should check out, The Kitchen Prep Blog. It is super cute and has a healthy, South Florida focus (important this time of year since I like to “eat in the season”). The day I checked out her blog, she was having a Le Creuset Mini Cocotte giveaway with Big Kitchen.
Already lusting after anything Le Creuset, I entered right away, and what would you know, I won! I was so surprised, but I guess someone has to win, right? So riiight away, I knew I was going to make some serious eggplant parm in those babies, they would be perfect for that. The dishes are the perfect portion for something like that, so cute, and I’m in love how they can go in the oven, microwave, dishwasher, freezer, my bed for a late-night snack. (Wait, just kidding! Probably.)
I’m already excited to try them for mac ‘n’ cheese, maybe some apple crisp, all kinds of things. Thanks, Dianna, Big Kitchen and Le Creuset!
What is your foolproof eggplant recipe?
- 1 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick pieces (about eight)
- 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (sundried tomato or plain)
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 (25 ounce) jar pasta sauce
- 1 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese
See how to make the recipe “Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan” on the Whole Foods Market site.