A steak, pork chop or chicken might be the star of the show on a plate but all stars need a co-star to be truly successful.
Thinking of new side dishes isn’t always easy. Sometimes it depends on what vegetables are in season or it may be as simple as what is in the refrigerator. On the day I decided to make Eggplant with Crispy Parmesan Cheese I just happened to have an eggplant calling my name and begging to be created into something delicious. I didn’t want to turn it into a casserole or a stew so I settled on baking the eggplant.
I like easy and this recipe is just that… easy. There is not a lot of fuss when all you need to do is slice the eggplant and mix together a cheesy topping. Since my sons are learning how to cook a little more I think I will pass this recipe on to them to impress the women in their lives.
Eggplant with Crispy Parmesan
1 medium sized eggplant
½ cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
½ cup panko bread crumbs
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp smoked paprika
cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together Parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs, oregano, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika and garlic powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
Slice eggplant into ½ inch rings. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and cracked black pepper. Top each slice of eggplant with the cheese topping and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until eggplant is fully cooked and topping is brown and crispy.