These Eggplant Parmesan Stacks are an architectural redesign of classic eggplant parmesan only healthier because the eggplant is baked, not fried. These scrumptious towers of eggplant parmigiana make a festive appetizer, lunch or dinner.
The cooking theme on Fridays at my house is usually about what I can make that goes well with a cocktail. It's the end of the week and we're ready to give ourselves over to celebratory exhaustion. Dinner is casual to the point of not even sitting at the dinner table. It's platters of appetizers and small bites out on the coffee table, so we can plop down on the couch and stay there.
I concocted these eggplant parmesan stacks a couple of weeks ago for a Friday night, casual, on-the-couch dinner with friends. I wasn't even planning to blog about them, but they were a "wow!" As soon as they came out of the oven, I took one look at these towers of breaded eggplant rounds, held together with layers of thick rich tomato sauce and melted cheese, and I decided I had to share the recipe with you.
All I really did was change the architecture of one of my favorite comfort foods casseroles, keeping the flavors essentially the same.
Vertical eggplant parmesan has a very different vibe from a casserole. They're both delicious but the towers are very fun and festive, perfect for a celebratory occasion.
HOW TO MAKE EGGPLANT PARMESAN STACKS:
- Bread the eggplant by dipping it into milk and then crumbs.
- Bake breaded eggplant in a 375º oven for 40 minutes
- While the eggplant bakes, make the sauce.
- The sauce and the eggplant should be ready at about the same time.
- Assemble the stacks by layering eggplant slices with sauce, cheese and fresh basil. Set the stacks on a parchment-lined baking sheet
- 20 minutes before dinner, put the stacks in the oven and bake.
- One stack per person is great for a starter or for a light supper with salad and bread on the side.
- Serve two stacks per person for a more filling dinner.
These eggplant towers are so photogenic! I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.
Want a great cocktail to go with your eggplant stacks? Try Eddie's Perfect Manhattan
HERE ARE A FEW MORE DELICIOUS 'STACKED UP' RECIPES YOU MIGHT ENJOY:
- Cooking Light's Tomato Stack Salad with Corn and Avocado
- Cooking Light's Chicken Enchilada Stacks
- Panning The Globe's Spicy Moroccan Sweet Potato Stacks
- Panning The Globe's Grilled Zucchini Caprese Salad Stacks
Here's the recipe for Eggplant Parmesan Stacks. If you cook this recipe, I hope you'll come back to leave a comment and a star rating. I'd love to know what you think.Print