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Eggplant Parmigiana

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Eggplant parmigiana: slices of fried eggplant seasoned with tomato sauce and grated Parmesan cheese baked in the oven.
Ingredients
For the tomato sauce
  Tomato puree 6 Cup (96 tbs)
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 Small, dice
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), mince
  Salt To Taste
  Fresh basil leaves 4 Small
  Eggplant 3 Pound, slice
  Kosher salt 1 Tablespoon (Salt rub and salt is washed away)
  Caciocavallo cheese 11 Ounce, slice
  Parmesan cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), grated
  Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For deep frying)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Trim the top of the eggplant and slice then about 1 centimeter thick, using a slicer.
2. Once done place a sieve or strainer on a large glass bowl, layer the sliced eggplants, sprinkle a pinch of salt between every layer.
3. Once done cover it with a plate and place a heavy weight on top of the plate, let the eggplant sweat for 1 ½ hour.
4. Dice the onions and mince the garlic, set aside.
5. Preheat the oven to 200⁰C/395⁰F, before you start layering the eggplants.

MAKING
6. In large saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic with olive oil, sauté over medium heat until the onions become soft and translucent.
7. Add the tomato puree and combine, once everything is cooked through drizzle olive oil and fresh basil leaves.
8. After 1 ½ hour drain the water and rinse each eggplant slices under running water to get rid of all the excess salt.
9. Once done pat them dry with paper towel, in a frying pour vegetable oil and fry the eggplant, place it on a paper towel for the excess oil to drain.
10. In a casserole dish add a thin layer of tomato sauce and the start layering the eggplants at the bottom, next add some more sauce and sprinkle parmesan cheese.
11. Finally place slices of caciocavallo cheese, follow the same steps until all eggplants are finished and you have the last layer of tomato sauce and parmesan cheese.
12. Bake it in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
13. Once done let the eggplant parmigiana cool for some time.

SERVING
14. Serve the eggplant parmigiana along with a slice of Italian bread.

NOTE
If you have layered the eggplant horizontally in the first layer, then for the second layer arrange it vertically.

Things You Will Need
Slicer
Glass bowl
Strainer
Casserole dish
Frying pan
Oven

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Casserole
Ingredient: 
Eggplant
Preparation Time: 
110 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
170 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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