Craving warm, ooey-gooey, cheesy comfort food? In this classic Italian dish, panko bread crumbs add a crisp shell to the eggplant that replaces frying. Consider making two and freezing one for later.
Makes 4 servings / Prep time: 15 minutes / Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 large whole egg
- 1 large egg white
- 1½ cups panko bread crumbs
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large eggplant, sliced crosswise into ¼-inch, round slices (you need at least 12 slices)
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 2 cups chopped baby spinach, divided
- ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- ⅓ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, divided
- Preheat the oven to 375℉.
- Grease a large baking sheet with the oil.
- Whisk the whole egg with the egg white in a shallow bowl until frothy.
- In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs, oregano, and salt and stir to combine.
- Dip both sides of each eggplant in the egg wash, then coat with the bread crumbs and place on the baking sheet.
- Bake the eggplant until each slice is soft and the bread crumbs have begun to brown, flipping once halfway through, about 20 minutes.
- When the eggplant has finished cooking, turn the oven up to 400℉.
- Spread one-third of the marinara on the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch or 11 x 7-inch baking dish. Add a layer of 6 baked eggplant rounds.
- Top with another one-third of the sauce, half the spinach, half the mozzarella, half the Parmesan, and half the basil.
- Repeat with the next layer of eggplant, the remaining sauce, the remaining spinach, and the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
- Finish by sprinkling with the remaining basil. Bake until the cheeses begin to brown and bubble, about 20 minutes.
Per serving: 356 calories, 19 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 10 g total sugar, 15 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 752 mg sodium, 533 mg potassium (11% DV), 395 mg calcium (40% DV), 51 mg magnesium (13% DV), 0.9 mcg B12 (37% DV), 0.256 mg B6 (20% DV), 2.5 mg iron (14% DV)
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