Eggplant Parmesan Bites with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Eggplant Parmesan Bites with Marinara Dipping Sauce

With the harvest yielding an abundance of vegetables such as Eggplant, we begin to search for different ways to cook these foods.  After skimming through several different recipes, the Eggplant Parmesan Bites from Just A Taste stood out among the most interesting and mouth watering. These bites provide all of the delicious flavor of eggplant parmesan without the “heavy work” of slicing the vegetable up into very, very thin slices. These bites are delicious served as an appetizer, snack, or even a light supper.

Eggplant Parmesan Bites with Marinara

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 medium eggplants (about 2 1/2 lbs total)
  • 2 cups Italian-style breadcrumbs (See Kelly’s Note)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought marinara sauce
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

NSTRUCTIONS

Peel the eggplants and dice them into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubes in a large colander and toss them with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Let them drain in the colander over a bowl in the sink for 30 minutes to remove excess moisture.

Combine the breadcrumbs with the Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. In a second bowl, whisk together the eggs with 2 tablespoons water. Place the flour in a third bowl. Bread the eggplant cubes in batches by coating them in the flour, then the eggs and then the cheesy breadcrumbs.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels.

Add three inches of oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pot set over medium heat and attach the deep-fry thermometer. Once the oil reaches 360ºF, add the breaded eggplant in batches, cooking them until they’re golden brown on all sides. Using a slotting spoon, transfer the eggplant to the paper towel-lined baking sheet and immediately season them with salt. Repeat the frying process with the remaining eggplant, returning the oil to 360ºF between each batch.

 

Garnish the eggplant bites with chopped fresh parsley and serve them with marinara sauce for dipping.

From the Author:

I prefer a mix of Italian-style Panko breadcrumbs and very fine Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs, which produces well-breaded eggplant with a crispy crunch.

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Grilled Eggplant Provolone

Grilled Eggplant Provolone

It may feel a little too warm in the kitchen to be cooking up eggplant parmesan but the weather is just right for grilling this wonderful vegetable. This is probably one of the easiest, but equally delicious, recipes for cooking eggplant. Kudos to RealSimple for coming up with this idea. Feel free to swap out the grilled salsa for marina sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, and oregano and brush on the cut sides of the eggplants. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Preheat a gas grill to high; adjust the heat to medium after 15 minutes. (If cooking over charcoal, allow the coals to burn until they are covered with gray ash.) Grill the eggplants cut-side down until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip the eggplants and top each half with a slice of provolone. Grill 3 minutes more or until the cheese is bubbly. Top with some Grilled Salsa.

Rainy-day method: Prepare the eggplants as described above. Heat the broiler and cook the eggplants about 6 inches from the heat, cut-side down, for 5 minutes. Turn and broil cut-side up for about 3 minutes. Add the provolone and broil about 3 minutes more