Layered Mediterranean Mozzarella Eggplant (Aubergine) Bake

READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    tablespoons olive oil (can use butter mixed with oil)
  • 1
    large onion, sliced (if you like onions, then use two)
  • 1
    tablespoon fresh minced garlic (or to taste)
  • 2
    lbs tomatoes, chopped
  • 3
    tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 2
    cups dry breadcrumbs (seasoned with seasoning salt, pepper and garlic powder and 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese)
  • 13
    cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4
    egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2
    cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3
    lbs eggplants, peeled and cut crosswise into about 3/8-inch thick slices
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DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare a cookie sheet and coat with non-stick cooking spray (you might need two sheets for the eggplant slices).
  • In a bowl mix bread crumbs with about 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt, pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder and 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese).
  • In a shallow baking dish or bowl dip the eggplant slices in the egg whites and then coat in the seasoned bread crumb mixture.
  • Place the eggplant slices on prepared baking sheet/s and spray the eggplant slices liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a medium frypan heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add in onion and garlic; cook until softened.
  • Add in oregano, 1 teaspoon salt or seasoning salt and pepper; cook for 1 minute.
  • Increase heat to high and add in the chopped tomatoes; cook until thickened (about 10-12 minutes) then remove from heat, add/mix in basil (if you are using dry basil add in with the oregano),.
  • Set oven to broil and broil the eggplant slices one pan at a time for 3-5 minutes (per side) until brown.
  • Set oven to 400 degrees.
  • Layer the eggplant slices in a greased 1-1/2 - 2-quart baking dish.
  • Top with the tomato/onion mixture.
  • Then top the slices with mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake uncovered until cheese is bubbly, about 15 minutes.
  • Delicious!
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