Rachel Ray's Deep-Dish Eggplant Parmigiana

Photo by Susan M.
Adapted from rachaelrayshow.com

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

6

Servings

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from rachaelrayshow.com

Ingredients

  • 3

    firm, medium eggplant

  • Salt

  • Olive oil, for shallow frying

  • 1 1/2

    pounds fresh mozzarella, diced into small pieces

  • 1

    12 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 2

    quarts Pomodoro Sauce

  • A handful of basil leaves

  • A handful of parsley, finely chopped

  • Pomodoro Sauce:

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil

  • 2

    tablespoons butter

  • 1

    small onion, finely chopped

  • 4

    cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • Salt

  • 1/2

    cup chicken or vegetable stock

  • 2

    28- to 32-ounce cans Italian tomatoes

  • A few leaves of basil, torn

Directions

Trim some of the skin off the sides of the eggplants then cut them into thin planks lengthwise about 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Salt the eggplant and layer with kitchen towels. Weight and drain the eggplant for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat a shallow layer of oil in a 12- to 14-inch skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Fry the eggplant 2-3 minutes one each side until light golden. Drain on paper towels. Place a layer of sauce in a casserole dish. Top with 1/3 of the eggplant, a few spoonful's of sauce, 1/3 of the mozzarella and the parmesan, and a few leaves of torn basil. Repeat 2 more times. Bake eggplant 35-40 minutes until top is brown and bubbly. Top with minced parsley and serve. Pomodoro Sauce: For the sauce, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add butter and melt, then and add onions and garlic. Season with salt and cook partially covered until very soft. Add stock then tomatoes, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Stir in basil, reduce heat and simmer sauce gently 20-30 minutes, partially covered, stirring occasionally. Adjust salt to taste. Tip: For a thinner sauce or to stretch the yield, add 2 cups tomato passata or purée.

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