This Baked Eggplant Parmesan will become your new favourite weeknight dish!! It’s loaded with lots of fresh flavours and is so incredibly easy to whip up!
Happy Friday friends!! If you’re prepping for Memorial Day weekend, then you’re probably already planning out your BBQ, chilling, pool time, or just straight up relaxation time. Even if you’re not, it’s the weekend!! It’s time to kick it back a bit, relax and grab a spring/summer cocktail. 🍹 Here’s a dish that’ll not only be a total hit this weekend, but is one that I love making all year round: Baked Eggplant Parmesan. This is such an easy dish to whip up, and if you’ve ever been intimated of eggplants, this is the perfect place to start! Whether you’re bringing a dish to a backyard bbq or having a sit down dinner with family and friends, Baked Eggplant Parmesan will wow and win your guests over, always.
So I’ve had eggplant parmesan before, in all different versions. I’ve had the amazing, traditional version, and oh my gosh if you haven’t, definitely go, order that, and watch your mind and tastebuds be absolutely amazed. The last time I had it though, was the time that convinced me to make it at home. I travel a whole lot, whether for work or for pleasure, and the last time happened to be for pleasure so the Mr. and I got to take a quick weekend trip away. On our way back, we got lunch at the American Express airport lounge and one of the dishes they were serving was amazing baked eggplant parmesan.
Friends, I honestly could’ve eaten that for the rest of my life and I would’ve been satisfied. So much flavour, and the eggplant was done SO perfectly!! I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and knew that I could turn it into an easy, weeknight dish for you all. Fortunately, I was right, and after a lot of ‘taste-testing’, I was able to nail it down.
I wanted to make a version of this that catered to vegetarians, vegans, and if you were gluten free, so you’ll see lots of great substitutions in the recipe. I made and tested them all of course, and loved ALL of them, so I know you’ll love them too! One tip I would have of course is to sprinkle the basil before serving. Basil has a super strong flavour, but it doesn’t hold up well to heat, and so in order to have that divine aroma and taste, serve it on right before bringing it to the table.
My other tip would be to, of course, use the freshest ingredients as usual. I used my homemade roasted garlic tomato sauce recipe for the tomato sauce, and it just took it 100% over the top. That, with fresh mozzarella balls instead of shredded, really make this dish so special. All the fresh ingredients shine through and bring the entire dish together.
This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free. Notes for making it easily vegan have been tested and added into the recipe.
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