Eggplant (Almost) Parmesan
2 Good Sized Eggplants
Celtic Sea Salt
(for soaking over night IF frying)
Extra Virgin Olive
Oil and Coconut Oil (if frying)
1 or 2 bottles (cans) your favorite
Organic Tomato Sauce
Cheeses (at least one,
or a mixture, up to you)
Spices (if you've
not made your own Marinara sauce or you just want extra
Celtic Sea Salt
Black Pepper or
Cayenne Pepper to taste
The cheese grater in this photo has been in my family since
before I was born. It could easily be over eighty years old.
Note: The skin of the eggplant is tough, and even cooked, hard to
cut with a fork. Some people peel the eggplant but there is just so
much nutrition you're throwing away. So, if you fry it up, you'll
want to slice the skin every half inch or so around the slices. If
you are baking (second method), you can cut the skins prior to
We're going to fry the eggplant in a mixture of olive
oil and coconut oil. The problem with eggplant is that it absorbs a
lot of oil, so much so, while frying up a batch in Israel, my
Moroccan teacher (she taught me cooking and Hebrew at the same time)
told me this ancient story.
One way to fry it up without using as much oil, is to slice up the eggplant
the night before, and soak in salt
water. To a half gallon of water, and about a quarter cup
Salt. Place the slices in the water, put a couple of plates on top
to hold the slices under the water. This is just one way to keep the
eggplant from absorbing too much oil. There are others.
One problem with eating eggplant is that the skin is hard to cut
through, so first we're going to fry them up lightly in a
combination of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Coconut Oil. You want
to fry them up just till they start to brown, then lay them out over
paper towels, with a layer of paper towels on top. However, when you
lay them out, every half inch to inch, slice the skin with a knife
or kitchen scissors. This will just make eating the eggplant a bit
As you can guess from the list of ingredients, there is
not much measuring in this recipe. You get to make it the way you
Normally, you would fry up the eggplant in a batter with bread or
cracker crumbs. I no longer cook
carbohydrates at high temps; I'm not too crazy about the extra
carcinogens in my food nor am I crazy about eating high glycemic
carbs with fats.
Slice up the eggplants and cut the skins (because they're tough).
Grease your baking sheet with a bit of coconut oil, lay out the
eggplant slices (I like to overlap them), and bake for 35 - 40
minutes at about 340 degrees. (Though we haven't bought into the
lipid hypothesis and the low fat fad, this method has a LOT fewer
calories ... as you can guess.)
Next get out a cake pan (casserole dish); I prefer Pyrex (as you can
see in the image above). We'll start with a light layer of sauce so
the eggplant slices don't stick to the bottom.
Lay out a layer of eggplant slices. Cover lightly in sauce, sprinkle
the spices over (if not using your own marinara sauce or you just
want extra spices), and then sprinkle the cheese over that.
Then create another layer of eggplant and repeat the rest up till
you have filled the cake pan. You can make your cheese layer thick like pizza, or like I
prefer: just a sprinkle of Romano, Parmesan, and Asiago cheeses
topped with crushed red pepper.
Bake at 340 for about half an hour, and sprinkle some parmesan
cheese on top, then cool a bit, and serve. This
is the simplest Eggplant Parmesan recipe you'll ever find.
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