Eggplant Parmesan + Side Salad
- Gluten Free
Why we love it:
- 2 Eggplants
- 1⁄4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
- 1 28-ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1⁄2 Red Onion
- 3 cups Mozzarella (shredded)
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
- 6 ounces Fresh Mozzarella
- 4 cups Romaine Lettuce (baby or chopped)
- 1 Cucumber
- 4 Tablespoons Salad Dressing
1. PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 425 DEGREES
Slice the eggplant stem off and stand it up. Carefully slice long thin slices all the way through - if they aren’t perfect that’s ok. Toss the slices on a baking sheet and drizzle generously with olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Arrange in 1 - 2 layers using 1 - 2 baking sheets. Place in the oven and roast for 15 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
Meanwhile, open the tomatoes and stir in the remaining salt, the dried oregano, and garlic powder. Mince the red onion and add it too.
Add the shredded mozzarella and the parmesan. Slice the fresh mozzarella into thin slices if needed. Set all aside.
When the eggplant comes out of the oven, assemble. In a roughly 8 x 8 inch pan (or any shape that’s similar - larger will just yield a thinner casserole but it’s ok) spread ½ cup of tomatoes.
Visually, or literally, separate the eggplant into 4 even groups. Note the sauce amount and roughly estimate dividing it in 4 amounts too. The shredded mozzarella will be divided into only 3 piles!
Layer - eggplant, sauce, shredded mozzarella / eggplant, sauce, mozzarella / eggplant, sauce, mozzarella / eggplant, sauce.
Cover with foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes. Slide the casserole dish out and remove the foil. Top with FRESH mozzarella slices. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake for another 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browned and a knife slips into the center with no resistance.
Meanwhile, toss lettuce with cucumber and dressing.
Let the dish cool down for at least 5 minutes or so, the slice. Serve with salad on the side.