I’ve never really been big fan of eggplant; I tend to find the texture pretty off-putting. For some reason though, the few times I have eaten eggplant parm from a restaurant, it’s super delicious. I tried making it once about 5 years ago and it wasn’t very good to be honest.
For the first time in my life I am growing eggplants, and as they got bigger and bigger I had the thought to try to cook them once again. I thought that maybe, since they were such beautiful eggplants that grew in my front yard, that they would make a delicious eggplant parm – I was right. I picked up the zucchinis from a fellow gardener classmate and they called out to me to be a part of the dish as well. Pretty simple to make, and totally gluten free too!
Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan – Serves 4
2 medium eggplants, slices lengthwise
2 medium zucchinis – slices lengthwise
1 tablespoon of water
2 C of almond meal
2 teaspoon of salt, pepper and garlic powder.
½ c of canola oil
1 c tomato sauce (simply homemade or from a jar!)
1 c mixed of shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Fresh or dried basil, minced
- Preheat the oven to 350 and pull out a large Pyrex or baking dish measuring close to 8×8.
- Pour the oil into a deep pan or pot for breading that is big enough to hold the large slices. Heat the oil on medium. You can test by dipping a small section of the breaded zucchini or eggplant into the oil, it should bubble up immediately.
- Set up a breading station by pouring the almond meal and the salt, pepper and garlic powder into a pie dish (or deep plate) and do the same with the egg and water, mixing it all fully.
- Bread and fry each piece of the zucchini and eggplant, setting them on some paper towel to absorb a bit of the oil and to cool slightly.
- Layer the zucchini and eggplant along the bottom, spoon a few tablespoons of tomato sauce on top, followed by a layer of cheese. Repeat until all the zucchini and eggplant are used up. Top with basil and cheese.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.
- Let it cool slightly before enjoying!