Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
I have never eaten this at the "Olive Garden" so I don't know if this is their recipe. However, this is a nice take on eggplant parmiagiana and it tastes great. Have made a few changes hopefully you will like it. Source: Kitchen Link (Copycat Collection) at kitchenlink.com.in 05/04/2001. The remaining eggplant slices can be frozen and used in the future.
- 1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- flour, for dusting
- oil, for frying
- seasoning salt, to taste
- 1 (16 ounce) jarprego spaghetti sauce with meat
- 1⁄4 cup grape jelly
- 1 (14 ounce) cansliced-style stewed tomatoes
- 4 slices mozzarella cheese
- parmesan cheese, to season flour
- Preheat oven 375°F.
- Moisten eggplant slices and coat lightly in flour.
- Quickly brown slices in hot oil, dusting each side generously with seasoned salt and the parmesan cheese.
- When fork tender and golden brown transfer to jelly roll pan.
- Cover loosely with foil and bake about 20-25 minutes or until tender.
- Use 8 slices for this amount of sauce.
- In a medium saucepan combine jelly and tomatoes that have been broken with a fork.
- Heat on medium heat until piping hot.
- Do not boil. Be sure jelly is melted.
- Arrange 2 eggplant slices on each of 4 plates.
- Cover each with 1 slice of mozzarella. Ladle sauce over all, not to cover completely.
- Place plates in oven, just to melt cheese.
- Serve immediately.
I have always loved eggplants. Took a few years to convince the family to love them. This is a good recipe, however, I've never thought about the jelly, now I know why. When people wants a sweet taste in the food, I add jus a pinch at the end of cooking, so not to be to sweet.
We loved this recipe and I will make it again, but I will probably cut down on the grape jelly because we found the sauce a bit too sweet. It's similar to The Olive Garden's Eggplant Parmigiana, but not quite as good. Worth making though if you enjoy the restaurant's version.
I'm not a big eggplant fan so I can't give this 5 stars but the sauce was soooooo yummy. My kids and their friends liked this recipe so it must be good!