I guess this is technically Chicken Parmesan made with fried eggplant instead of chicken and minus the parmesan cheese. I don’t know. What would you call it? Delicious?
Vegetable and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for frying
1 large eggplant, sliced into ½” slices
SaltFlour, for dredging
2 beaten eggs, for dipping
Italian seasoned bread crumbs, for coating
1 fresh mozzarella cheese ball, sliced
Package of your favorite fettuccine1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used a sausage sauce to add some meat to the dish)
3 large fresh basil leaves, sliced, for garnish
Sprinkle sliced eggplant with salt and set aside. This will start to sweat the eggplant to remove the extra water.
In a large frying pan, heat half vegetable oil and half EVOO over medium high heat. You want the oil to come half way up the eggplant slices when cooking. While oil is heating up, finish preparing eggplant slices.
Using a dish towel or paper towel, rub eggplant slices with salt and remove excess water. Set aside.
Prepare three bowls in the following order: flour, eggs and breadcrumbs. Taking each eggplant slice, dredge in flour, dip in egg and then coat with breadcrumbs. Drop in oil and cook until each side is golden brown, only flipping once. Remove from oil and place on a wire rack; set aside.
In the meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions; drain and toss with pasta sauce to heat through. Set aside.
Once all the eggplant is fried, top each slice with mozzarella cheese and place under a broiler until cheese is bubble and starts to turn brown.
To plate, add pasta topped with eggplant and sprinkle with fresh basil.