2 large globe eggplants sliced in to1/2 inch thick slices
2 cups of bread crumbs
1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups grated mozzarella
1 1/2 cups flour
salt & pepper to taste
enough extra virgin olive oil to pan fry the eggplant
3 cups canned or fresh crushed tomatoes
1 large onion diced fine
1 large bunch fresh basil
1 tsp. dried oregano or a sprig of fresh oregano
4 garlic cloves diced fine
1/2 cup white wine
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Products You Will Need:
Nocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Start by making the sauce. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Saute the onion until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another minute without letting it brown. Pour in the wine and allow to reduce for a minute. Add the tomatoes, half of the basil leaves torn or roughly cut in to pieces, the oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the sauce to simmer gently over low heat until nicely thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the rest of the basil leaves to the sauce just before assembling.
While the sauce is simmering, salt the eggplant slices and put in a colander in the sink for 20 minutes. Pat the slices dry. In a wide bowl, mix the flour with 1 teaspoon of salt and fresh pepper to taste. In a separate wide bowl mix the bread crumbs with Parmesan cheese and another teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste.
Whisk the eggs together in a third wide bowl. Heat about a 1/4" of olive or vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. First dredge the eggplant into the flour, then dip in to eggs, then dip in to bread crumbs being sure to coat thoroughly each time. Preheat the oven to 400.
Without overcrowding the pan, fry the eggplant slices until golden brown on both sides set aside on paper towels until all slices are browned. Lightly grease a a 13x9 baking pan and ladle 1 cup of sauce in to the bottom layer eggplant slices in the bottom without overlapping.
Ladle another cup on top and sprinkle with 1 cup of Mozzarella. Repeat the layers two more times, ending with mozzarella on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbling and golden. Serves 6.
Cooking Time: 25-30