Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

I often find that the star of eggplant parmigiana recipes (the eggplant!) ends up overwhelmed by the marinara or smothered by the cheese, so I experimented a bit and came up with a recipe that has a nice balance between all the flavors.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg. F. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Slice eggplant, set aside.
  3. Mix panko, cayenne, and italian seasonings in medium shallow bowl. Beat eggs with water in another shallow bowl.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spray lightly with olive oil. Dip eggplant slices in egg, then in breadcrumb mixture. Cook coated slices 2 minutes on a side or till tender, working in batches if needed.
  5. Layer 1/3 of the eggplant slices in the bottom of prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella. Repeat layers 2 more times. Stir vinegar into marinara and spoon marinara over last layer. Top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and parmesan.
  6. Cover dish loosely with foil and bake 30 minutes at 375 deg. F. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes, till cheese is golden. Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.
  7. **if you'd like to make this ahead, assemble up to 2 days in advance. Cover with foil and refrigerate till ready to bake, then cook about 10-15 extra minutes before removing the foil. (Please note, though, the longer you refrigerate it, the less crispy the crumb coating will be).


Most Helpful

Thanks! Truely enjoy this.......increased the Italian Spices by 2 ........Another "keeper"! DPN

Nuc Dave February 13, 2010

This dish was amazing!! I never liked nor thought I could make something as hard as eggplant parmigiana, but it came out great!! More time consuming than I expected..but it came out perfect. Everyone loved the dish, I will be making this again. Thanks.

Lives to Eat June 06, 2009

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