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Baked Eggplant

This recipe is easy to make, easy to adapt and appeals to folks of all ages. For more or less eggplant, adjust the amount of breading as needed.
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 pounds eggplant (this recipe is very flexible, use whatever amount of eggplant you have on hand)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unflavored bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt , plus more for salting eggplant
  • olive oil spray, or olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Wash and peel the eggplant. Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch slices and lay them out on a towel, paper towel or cooling rack. Lightly salt each slice of eggplant and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Near the end of the 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl big enough to dip an eggplant slice, mix together an egg and a tablespoon of water. In another bowl of the similar size, combine the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well.
  • Use a dish towel or paper towel to blot the excess liquid off the tops of the eggplant slices. Oil a baking sheet using olive oil spray, or using olive oil.
  • Dip the a slices of eggplant into the egg, coating all sides. Then dip the eggplant slice into the breading mixture, coating all sides. Place the eggplant slice onto the baking sheet. Repeat until all slices are breaded. Oil an additional baking sheet if needed. Spray the slices with olive oil spray or drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake the eggplant for 15 minutes. Flip the eggplant slices over, then cook for 15 more minutes (30 minutes total cooking), or until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  • Serve with tomato sauce, or another sauce of your choosing. Enjoy!

Notes

The herbs, garlic and salt added to the breading can be adjusted to taste, or substituted for other flavors.  Breading seasoning ideas include taco seasoning, salt and pepper, or fresh herbs. Dips or topping ideas include ketchup, yogurt sauce, sweet and sour, or barbecue.
Keyword vegetarian