Baked Eggplant Marinara Recipe

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Servings: 8

Ingredients

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  • 8 x center-cut 1/2"-thk eggplant rounds (from 2 small eggplants) Salt to taste Freshly-grnd black pepper to taste All-purpose flour as needed
  • 2 x Large eggs beaten to blend
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh breadcrumbs (made from crustless French bread)
  • 2 1/2 ounce freshly-grated Parmesan cheese - (3/4 c.)
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 c. ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/4 c. purchased marinara sauce
  • 3/4 c. freshly-grated mozzarella cheese - (3 ounce)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle eggplant rounds with salt and pepper. Place flour and Large eggs in separate shallow bowls. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in another shallow bowl. Coat eggplant rounds with flour, then Large eggs, then breadcrumb mix, patting to adhere.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in 4 eggplant rounds to skillet. Cook till golden, about 5 min per side; transfer to prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining oil and eggplant rounds.
  4. Spread 2 Tbsp. ricotta cheese over each round. Top each with sauce and mozzarella cheese, dividing equally. Bake till rounds are heated through and cheese is melted, about 15 min.
  5. This recipe yields 8 first-course servings.
  6. Comments: Connie Capani of Binghamton, New York, writes: "I am 100 percent Italian, so perhaps it's no surprise which I love food: To Italians, it's like a security blanket. I learned how to make spaghetti and other Abruzzi favorites from my mother. Looking at food magazines is what got me interested in venturing out into American culinary territory. I wanted to know how to make a "gravy" which didn't include tomatoes. I often make a roast with gravy, but our guests usually request some of my baked eggplant marinara to go along with it."
  7. Connie makes this ahead of time and refrigerates it, then reheats it before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 70g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 205  
Calories from Fat 109 53%
Total Fat 12.26g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.59g 14%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 198mg 8%
Potassium 92mg 3%
Total Carbs 15.93g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 3%
Sugars 1.44g 1%
Protein 7.73g 12%
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