recipe comes from Next Door to the Chicken
Market, the second Italian recipe book written
by Vita Greco. The
new 140 page recipe book contains more than 100
new recipes of all the Italian dishes made by
Vita Greco and her family . . . appetizers, main
dishes, pastas, chicken, meats, vegetables, soups,
salads, sandwiches, sauces, gravies, breads, desserts,
specialty items, and even a Wine Chart.
"I have found
through my reading that Palmigiana refers to the
Eggplant being cut the long way, thus, resembling
the palm leaf. Parmigiana refers to the Cheese,
so it's possible that the words have come to be
used interchangeably through the years. Everyone
always raves about my Eggplant. I'm very particular
about how it's prepared, because I like it so
much. I've been making this dish since I was a
Medium Eggplants, peeled and thinly sliced 1/8"
2 Packages Mozzarella*
Tomato Sauce or Gravy to cover (See
2 - 3 Eggs
1 Tbsp Grated Cheese
Parsley, a handful
salt and pepper
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
Bread Crumbs-enough to coat all pieces
use 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 reduced fat. This
works best if you grate it first
medium size section of the grater
together the eggs, grated cheese, parsley, salt
and pepper and garlic.
the sliced Eggplant pieces into the egg mixture
and then into the bread crumbs, so that they're
each piece in olive oil until very brown on
is important. If the Eggplant pieces are not thinly
sliced or if they're not browned enough, the taste
of the entire dish will not be right. Both hands
have to be working to get a good system going
for this, and I use a fairly medium to high flame.
At certain intervals, I stop and dump the oil,
wash the frying pan, and begin with a clean pan.
This makes a big difference, too. You'll see!
the Eggplant pieces are done, you can drain
them on a paper towel and then place them in
a baking pan.
you have enough for a layer, coat the layer
generously with Tomato Sauce or Gravy.
top of that, sprinkle grated Mozzarella generously.
Keep repeating layers. Make sure the sides of
your pan get some Sauce or Gravy, too.
at 350º until the cheese melts and Sauce
or Gravy is bubbly.
is my very favorite!!! . . . cold, hot, sandwiches,
side dish, dinner, etc. This can be frozen before
baking, and when defrosted, and ready to use,
you can bake it as above.
Some people first put the peeled, sliced Eggplant
in a colander with a heavy object on top, so it
can drain somewhat. It's been known to be less
tart, then. I don't do this any longer, because
I found little or no difference in tartness.
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