A simple, Italian style eggplant parmesan recipe that is easy enough for weeknights and perfect for Meatless Monday. Inspired by Jamie Oliver!
We started with Prosecco and hard Italian bread sticks. Usually when I think bread sticks, I immediately think of the hot, doughy goodness that Olive Garden serves but these were nothing like that. We followed that with antipasto which included salami, green beans, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, marinated mushrooms and olive tapenade served with brioche crackers.
Our first course, or primo, was linguine with homemade tomato basil sauce and the main course was eggplant parmesan. We followed all of that with a duo of gelato: pistachio and strawberry. My family left very full and very happy. Plus, the meal gave us a chance to recap our Italy trip and share what we learned about food and wine.
I was a little nervous about preparing everything from scratch, so I let Trader Joe’s help with a few things and I have zero regrets about that. I know my limits in the kitchen :)
The one thing that I was set on making was the entrée, Eggplant Parmesan or Melazane alla Parmigana. My family loves eggplant parm and I grew up eating the frozen variety. My mom would heat it up and we would make eggplant parm sandwiches out of them. To this day, I still purchase the same Publix bakery bread that my mom would buy when I want to make an eggplant sandwich. …