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26.07.2008 -side dish - eggplant

Eggplant parmigiana (au gratin)

« This "parmigiana di melanzane," whose name is a song in itself, is an antipasto that comes to us straight from Italy. You'll have a wealth of opportunities to serve this delicious recipe. I particularly love serving it with an escalope. » 
Type Side Dishes - gratin - eggplant - parmesan cheese - mozzarella - tomatoes - cheese
Level of difficulty easy
Preparation time Preparation: 30 minutes – Cooking: 30 minutes
Origin Italy
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Serves 4:


  • Stem flat-leaf parsley and chop finely
  • Coarsely chop sweet basil leaves
  • Peel garlic and chop finely
  • Grate Parmesan cheese
  • Cut mozzarella in 2-3 mm thick slices and drain

Preparation of tomato sauce:

  • Peel tomatoes after plunging 2 minutes in boiling water, remove from water, peel and seed.
  • Heat stream of olive oil in pan over moderate heat
  • Add chopped garlic and chopped flat-leaf parsley.
  • Fry 3 minutes without letting garlic brown, stirring constantly
  • Add peeled tomatoes
  • Sprinkle with sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cook one hour over low heat. The texture of the sauce must be thick so do not hesitate to cook it more or dilute it with a little chicken stock if texture is too thick.
  • Crush tomatoes and add chopped sweet basil leaves

Preparing eggplants:

  • Thinly slice eggplant lengthwise into 4-5 mm slices. I recommend you use a mandoline.
  • Pour flour into a soup plate
  • Flour each slice of eggplant by laying slices on each side in soup plate. Rub each slice to remove excess flour.
  • Heat 7 tbsp (10 cl) olive oil in deep frying pan over high heat. Be careful not to let olive oil smoke.
  • Fry all eggplant slices in olive oil 2-3 minutes on each side until eggplant is nicely browned
  • Drain each slice on absorbent paper.

Preparation of eggplant parmigiana:

  • Cover sides of au gratin dish with olive oil and maybe rub with garlic clove cut in half.
  • Place layer of fried eggplant in dish.
  • Sprinkle with thin layer of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Add a layer of mozzarella slices
  • Cover with tomato sauce
  • Repeat operation until dish is full, topping it off with a layer of mozzarella.
  • Cook in oven pre-heated to 400 ºF (200 °C) for about 30 min.
  • Serve quite warm


  • Make sure you buy a standard mozzarella and not a mozzarella di bufala because the latter will release too much water while cooking.
  • This gratin is lovely accompaniment to lamb, a 7 hour leg of lamb, a Milanese-style osso buco.

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