Broiled Eggplant Parmesan
Unlike the traditional version, which has the eggplant battered and fried, and then baked in a casserole, this quick, clean version is made under the broiler in just a few steps. It's fun to prepare and really delicious. Be sure to use a good commercial tomato sauce (or your own favorite homemade) and high-quality Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, if possible.
- extra-virgin olive oil as needed
- 2 small Japanese, Chinese, or Baby Italian eggplants (about 6 ounces each)
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 6 Tbs good-quality tomato sauce
- 6 Tbs part-skim ricotta cheese
- 6 Tbs shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 Tbs grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 Tbs minced fresh basil (optional)
- Preheat the broiler to 500F and move the oven rack to the highest position. Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil.
- Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, and place each half cut-side-up on the prepared baking sheet.
- Lightly brush the cut surface of each eggplant half with olive oil, then broil until the top is golden and fork-tender (about 5 to 6 minutes). Turn the eggplant halves over, and broil on the second side until very soft, another 5 to 6 minutes or so.
- Remove the eggplants from the broiler and lower the oven rack to the second highest position.
- Turn the eggplants cut-side-up, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Spread each half of the eggplant with 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato sauce, then spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons ricotta over each half in an even layer. Sprinkle each half with 1 1/2 tablespoons mozzarella and 1/2 tablespoon Parmesan.
- Return to the broiler and cook until the cheeses are melted and have formed a lovely golden brown crust, about 5 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with a sprinkling of minced fresh basil.
Recipe courtesy of Eat, Drink, and Weigh Less by Mollie Katzen and Walter Willet, M.D. Copyright 2006 Mollie Katzen and Walter Willett, M.D. All Rights Reserved. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold.
Tip: Cover tightly and refrigerate. This dish will keep for only 2 days and is best eaten right after it's made.
Calories from Fat 78 (36%)
(14%)Total Fat 9g
(27%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Total Carbohydrate 22g
(41%)Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
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