Eggplant Parmesan For Two
by Karen Mussoline

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Source: Cook's Country Magazine August 2010
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Food Group: Vegetable
Serves: 2


1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup(s) flour
1 large egg
1/2 cup(s) panko bread crumbs
3/4 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese (divided)
1/2 cup(s) plus 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
Salt and Pepper
4 garlic cloves , minced
1/4 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes
14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup(s) chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup(s) shredded provolone cheese

1. BREAD EGGPLANT Following photos 1 to 3 at left, cut two 3⁄4-inch planks lengthwise from center of egg- plant, halve each plank crosswise, and cut remaining eggplant into 1⁄2-inch dice. Place flour in shallow dish. Beat egg in second shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs, 1⁄4 cup Parmesan, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper in third shal- low dish. One at a time, coat eggplant slices lightly with flour, dip them in egg, and dredge in bread-crumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Transfer to wire rack set inside rimmed baking sheet and let sit 5 minutes (or refrigerate up to 1 hour).

2. COOK EGGPLANT Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Heat 1⁄2 cup oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook eggplant slices until lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to wire rack set inside baking sheet and bake until eggplant is tender and deep golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

3. MAKE SAUCE Meanwhile, pour off oil and wipe out skillet with paper towels. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in empty skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chopped eggplant and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in remaining oil, garlic, and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until eggplant is tender and sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in basil and season with salt and pepper; cover and keep warm.

4. ASSEMBLE Combine remaining Parmesan and provolone in medium bowl. Top browned eggplant slices with cheese mixture and bake until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes. Transfer half of sauce to platter and top with eggplant slices. Spoon remaining sauce over eggplant. Serve.