For the eggplant parmesan:
3 medium eggplants
Fresh Mozzarella cheese ball
(16-oz.) Ricotta cheese
Large casserole dish
For the sauce:
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 (28-oz.) cans San Marzano crushed tomatoes
1 (6-oz.) garlic & basil flavored paste
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
Fresh basil finely chopped
Parmesan Reggiano cheese, grated
Heat oven to 350º F. Peel eggplants and thinly slice to about a 1/8 of an inch. Make a mixture of eggs and milk in a medium bowl. I start with 4 eggs and about 1oz of milk and continually make more as it gets low. Coat the eggplant slices in the egg mixture and then cover each side with breadcrumbs. Fill ¼ inch of vegetable oil in sauté pan and heat over medium to high heat. The bigger the sauté pan the faster the process of frying the eggplant will go. Fill sauté pan with the eggplant and fry each side until golden brown. Drain the grease from the eggplant on paper towels. You’ll need to change out the oil a couple of times in order to fry all of the eggplant. In a medium size bowl, mix 2 eggs with the container of ricotta cheese. In another bowl, grate mozzarella cheese.
In your favorite large casserole dish, coat a very thin layer of sauce in the bottom. Start to layer the eggplant, ricotta mixture, mozzarella cheese, and then sauce again. Repeat this process until you fill the casserole dish. I like to put an extra layer of mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling.
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