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Pan-Fried Eggplant with Meat sauce

Pan-Fried Eggplant with Meat Sauce

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Meat Sauce

  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1 each red bell pepper
  • 1 each green bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Eggplant

  • 1 each eggplant
  • 2 each large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place)

  • Gather your equipment: knife, cutting board, two bowls, saute pan, spatula, tongs
  • Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds and season them with salt on both sides. Let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Prepare the eggwash by scrambling the eggs in a bowl large enough to fit the eggplant slices in. Then prepare the breadcrumbs in another bowl that is also large enough to fit the eggplant slices in. Then, season the breadcrumbs with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • Dice the onions and cut the bell peppers into 1 inch squares.

Cooking Method:

  • Add oil to a heated pan on medium to high heat. Add the diced onions and ground beef and break it up into smaller pieces. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Keep stirring and cooking until it has turned golden brown.
  • Then, add the marinara sauce and bell peppers and mix well and let it simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes on low medium heat. Then set it aside.
  • Next, prepare the eggplant slices. Use a towel to press down on the eggplant to remove excess liquid. Then, dip each slice in the egg wash on both sides. Dredge it in the breadcrumbs on each side.
  • In another pan, add oil to a pan on medium. Place the eggplant slices in the pan and cook until they get golden crispy (about 2 to 3 minutes). Then flip it over to cook the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Place it on a serving dish and top it off with the meat sauce to your preferred amount. Then sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top. Eat and enjoy!

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