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My mother used to make me eggplant parmesan all the time when I needed a little pick-me-up and it always worked. She told me it was a Southern Italian classic and when I went there, I found that nothing lived up to her version. The next day we would put the leftovers in our sandwiches — if there were any! Today, it's a classic at home and my kids always ask for second servings.

Preparation 40 min
Cooking time 25 min
Portions 6



  1. Peel eggplants and cut into 1 cm pieces. Place on a slotted sheet (ideally above the sink as eggplants will lose water). Sprinkle salt on eggplants and layer the slices on top of each other on the sheet (2-3 layers). Let the vegetable liquid drain from eggplants, about 25-30 minutes.
  2. Pat off the excess salt from eggplants. In a pan filled to about a quarter way with hot vegetable oil, fry each slice of eggplant on both sides (add more oil as needed during the process).
  3. When all the eggplant has been fried and are golden brown on each side, place on a sheet or plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the sauce.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C).
  6. In a baking dish (25 cm x 33 cm), spread a layer of sauce and add 2-3 knobs of butter. Then layer a row of eggplants and cover with some sauce, breadcrumbs and cheese. Repeat the step for 3 layers and finish with cheese.
  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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