Eggplant Parmigiana


2-3 large eggplants, ones that are maximum 3″ in diameter
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. tomato sauce, preferably homemade
1 1lb. fresh mozzarella, coarsely shredded
¾ c. Parmesan, freshly grated
¼ c. fresh basil leaves, cut in a chiffonade

Olive Oil
Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a 13×9 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Remove the tops off each eggplant. Slice eggplants into disks that are about ¼″ thick. Place disks into a colander or on a thick layer of paper towels in a single layer. Sprinkle a little bit of Kosher salt on both sides of each disk. Place a clean paper on top of the eggplant layers. Place something heavy, like a tea kettle full of water, on top of the eggplant and let it rest for at least 20 minutes.
  3. After eggplant have had a chance to “sweat” dredge them in flour. The best way to do this is to spread the flour out on a plate so that the disks can easily be flipped and shaken. After dredging each slice in flour shake them a little bit so there aren’t big clumps of flour on them. Then place them on a plate next to the stovetop.
  4. In a large skillet heat 4-5 T. olive oil over high heat. Just before it starts smoking add the eggplant a few slices at a time. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy. Remove the eggplant to a plate with a paper towel on it. Allow the eggplant to drain. Repeat procedure until all eggplant is cooked.
  5. Smear a few tablespoons of tomato sauce on the bottom of the baking pan. Arrange eggplant slices on the bottom in one layer. Top each slice with a dollop of tomato sauce, a few pieces of shredded mozzarella, a pinch of basil and pinch of Parmesan. Repeat this procedure with a second layer of eggplant until all slices are used. Finish with mozzarella, basil and remaining Parmesan.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This casserole begs for hearty sauce and thick, flavorful eggplant. Be sure to pair it with something light and crisp, like a green salad or haricot vert.

Naptime Stopwatch

Preparing the casserole takes about 30 minutes, then dinner is ready for two nights!

Naptime Reviews

My daughter is slowly coming around to eggplant, but she loves the noodles!

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