Eggplant, Cheese and Thai Basil Casserole
|Seasoned bread crumbs||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|All purpose flour||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Eggs||6 , slightly beaten|
|Kosher salt||1 Pinch|
|Ground pepper||1⁄4 Teaspoon (Use Fresh)|
|Oil||1 Cup (16 tbs) (Crisco, For Frying)|
|Pasta sauce||8 Cup (128 tbs)|
|Cottage cheese/Ricotta cheese||16 Ounce|
|Cheddar cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs), shredded|
|Mozzarella cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs), shredded|
|Parmesan cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs), grated|
|Red bell pepper||1|
|Mushrooms||1 Cup (16 tbs), sliced|
|Sweet onions||1 Medium, sliced (Separated The Rings)|
|Jalapenos||1 Cup (16 tbs), minced|
Take an eggplant and cut into round slices approximately 1/4” thick. Soak the slices in water and Kosher salt water. Place a Thai basil leaf on the eggplant and dip in the egg mixture. Roll the eggplant in the bread crumb, salt, pepper and flour mixture, make sure that the pieces are fully covered. Place on a dish and set aside.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottom skillet. Fry the slices with the side that has the basil leaf side down. Cook the slices for about 2 minutes on each side. Once the slices are fried, put them on a paper towel to drain.
Once the pieces are cooled completely, put them in a ziplock bag and put in the freezer. Or you can use right away.
Prepare the pasta sauce and set it aside. You can make Homemade Pasta Sauce, just click on the hyperlink for the recipe.
Spray a baking dish with some oil. Arrange the eggplant in a single layer. You may need to cut some of the slices in half to fill the bottom layer. Cover the pieces with cheese mixture. If you are using meat, spread some of the meat over the cheese mixture. Sprinkle the shredded cheeses over this layer. (I use mozzarella cheese, shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese). It’s time for you to get creative! You can either add more meat or add some red bell peppers, minced jalapenos, thinly sliced onion rings, sliced mushrooms in layers and then cover with the pasta sauce. You can do this in whatever way you like! Once you have added pasta sauce, put the final layer of eggplant slices over the pasta sauce. layer of cheese mixture on top of the eggplant slices. Spread the pasta sauce over the cheese mixture layer. Sprinkle some shredded cheese over it.
Bake it at 350°F until it is cooked all way through. If you notice extra liquid, use a baster and remove the liquid.
The Thai Basil Eggplant Parmesan with homemade Pasta Sauce is ready to be served!