Eggplant Parmesan & Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms & Cipollini Red Onions

“I no longer say, as I once did, “I have to work in the garden today.” I say, with deep contentment, “I’m gardening today.” I have truly reaped the bounty of the garden.”
Martha Stewart

Eggplant is not on everyone’s radar… including mine I must admit. Dave swore by this recipe, but of course I had to add a twist… hence the shiitake mushrooms & Cipollini red onions! I honestly can’t believe how good this was… even my picky Aaron liked it!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • I medium to large eggplant
  • Pink Himalayan salt- you’ll use this to sweat the eggplant
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup all purpose white flour
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil for frying eggplant
  • 3 ½ cups Marinara sauce- See my recipe here.
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 TBSP shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 TBSP Salted butter
  • 2 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 fresh garlic clove minced or 2 tsp jarred
  • 4 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms- about 8 ounces
  • 1 cup diced red cipollini onions
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt

PRO TIP:  When using vegetables like eggplant, summer squash, & zucchini salting the slices draws out the moisture. By doing so the vegetable is not as mushy or slimy when cooked.

Part 1: 
*Take eggplant and slice 6- 1” slices horizontally.
*Place slices on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.
*Sprinkle with salt evenly, about ½ tsp on each slice; let set for 15 minutes.

*With a paper towel dab off all the water droplets until dry.
*Turn each slice over and repeat the process.

Part 2:
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
*In a frying pan add the ½ cup oil; heat on medium-high until a drop of water sizzles when dropped into oil. 
*While oil is heating up, put eggs, flour, and bread crumbs in three separate bowls.

*Taking 1 slice of eggplant at a time, dip in flour making sure both sides are covered evenly; dip into beaten egg; dip into bread crumbs making sure both sides are covered evenly.

Place breaded eggplant into heated oil and fry on both sides until golden brown, turning once- approximately 1 to 1 ½ minutes on each side. Once they are browned evenly on both sides remove eggplant slices onto a paper towel lined plate; pat dry with paper towel being careful not to rub breading off. Set aside

In a 9×13 pan pour 2 cups of the marinara sauce evenly; place the 6 slices of fried eggplant into the pan

Sprinkle ½ cup of mozzarella cheese onto each slice; Pour ½ cup of the marinara sauce onto the mozzarella in the center; sprinkle 1 TBSP parmesan cheese onto the marinara sauce.

Bake uncovered in the oven for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Part 3:
*Remove stems up to the cap of shiitake mushrooms and slice into ¼ inch strips; Dice onions.

*In a frying pan add butter, oil, garlic, mushrooms, onions & 1 tsp of Himalayan salt; sauté on medium-high heat until mushrooms are golden and onions are caramelized- about 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve eggplant slice topped with the mushroom & onion mixture along with any Italian bread you enjoy and a delicious salad!

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Happy Day,
Jean

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