Cook's Hideout: Eggplant Parmesan for 1

October 04, 2015

Eggplant Parmesan for 1

Blogging Marathon# 57: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Eggplant Dishes from here
Dish: Eggplant Parmesan
Today I have one of my most favorite non-Indian eggplant dish, Eggplant Parmesan. Fried breaded eggplant slices layered with cheese and marinara sauce makes this dish rich and calorie dense. I've eaten it a couple of times in restaurants and many times at buffet style parties.
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
I have already posted a lighter version of eggplant parm with roasted eggplant and creamed spinach. Today's recipe has all the components of the traditional Eggplant parmesan but is lighter on calories and it makes just 1 serving. So now I don't have to make wait for a special occasion or party to make this dish, I can make it whenever I feel like it.

Baked Eggplant Parmesan
This recipe uses Japanese eggplants instead of the big globe variety. Japanese ones have thinner skin and bake up in much less time making it perfect to make on a weeknight. I used the eggplants from my garden and these beauties cook up even faster than the store bought ones.
Eggplant Parmesan
Good thing about this recipe is you can increase the ingredients and make it for 1 or for many in just about the same time.
Eggplant Parm
Recipe adapted from here:
IngredientsServes 1
Japanese Eggplant - 2, sliced into ¼" thick slices
Prepared Marinara Sauce - 3tbsp, divided use (here's an easy recipe to make your own marinara sauce)
Ricotta cheese - 2tbsp
Parmesan cheese - 4tbsp, divided use
Mozzarella cheese - 2tbsp
Panko Breadcrumbs - 2tbsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly grease a small shallow baking dish.
  • Place the sliced eggplants on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 20~25 minutes or until they are tender and getting browned around the edges, flipping the pieces over around the midway point.
  • In the meantime, you can either choose to make your own marinara sauce or not.
  • In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 2tbsp parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • In another bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, remaining parmesan cheese, 2tsp olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Once the eggplants are ready, remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. 
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F.
  • To Assemble: Spread 1tbsp of marinara sauce on the bottom of the baking pan, followed by a layer of the roasted eggplant -- make sure to slightly overlap the pieces, 1tbsp of marinara sauce, half of the ricotta mixture and 1tbsp mozzarella. Now Repeat: roasted eggplant, marinara sauce, remaining ricotta and mozzarella.
  • Loosely cover with foil and place the baking pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 15~18 minutes or until the filling is bubbly.
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle the panko breadcrumbs on top. Bake for another 12~15 more minutes or until the topping is lightly browned. Let it cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
Baked Eggplant Parm

 
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 57.
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12 comments:

  1. This is one eggplant dish I love. I really like your single serve recipe. The pictures are awesome.

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  2. Eggplant Parmesan looks and sounds terribly delicious. I must make this for the family, I bet they will love it.

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  3. Serving for one eggplant parmesan looks delicious and tempting. Love the color of your home grown eggplants.

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  4. Wow, i can happily finish this alluring eggplant parmesan rite now..Delicious..

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  5. eggplant with parmesan sounds n looks yummm

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  6. Gosh Pavani, I am in love with your garden!..and esp those brinjals are so so cute!..and I am so happy that you are enjoying yourself with all eggplant dishes..

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  7. Eggplant parmesan looks super inviting.I love the setup, the clicks ,everything.

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  8. This is one of our favorite dish as well. I love the idea of using Japanese because of its thinner skin. I am definitely trying it out soon.

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  9. Cheesy and yummy, irresistible.

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  10. My older one loves this and she would love to have this.

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  11. you make everything look so good - even this eggplant hating person might be tempted to dig my fork into this bowl

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  12. This looks lip smacking! Wish mine looked as pretty

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