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Using the air fryer eliminates the frying requirement of the traditional “Eggplant Parmigiana” recipe and results in a heart-healthier dish.  Feel free to disagree with me, but I find that eliminating the oil frying requirement actually preserves more flavor from the eggplant. Note:  If you find eggplant to be bitter, buy a smaller eggplant as these are sweeter.

As for a wine pairing, I have a general rule that one should drink the wine from the country from which the dish originates. If eating Italian food, drink Italian wine. If eating German food, drink German wine. If eating Mexican food, consider Spanish wine. (Not exactly the same but close!) So when eating an Italian dish like Eggplant Parmesan, consider an Italian red wine such as this smooth and easy drinking Mandriolo from Moris Farms.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggplant
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce
  • Olive Oil spray
  • Fresh Basil sprigs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 360F.
  2. Slice the eggplant into 1/8 inch slices.
  3. Dip the eggplant in the egg whites and then dredge in the bread crumbs so that both sides of the eggplant are evenly coated.
  4. Lightly spray both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil spray.
  5. Working in batches, fry the eggplant slices in the air fyer for 8 minutes for each batch.  (My air fryer can accommodate 4-5 slices per batch.)
  6. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  7. Working in stacks on a baking sheet or oven-safe dish, layer the eggplant, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan.
  8. Heat in the oven until the cheese is melted (approximately 5-8 minutes).
  9. Garnish with fresh Basil sprigs and serve.
  10. Pairs perfectly with any Italian red wine!

Makes 4 Servings

Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggplant
  • 2 egg whties
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Paremesan, grated
  • 1 cup Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce
  • Olive Oil spray
  • Fresh Basil Sprigs, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 360F.
  • Slice the eggplant into 1/8 inch slices.
  • Dip the eggplant in the egg whites and then dredge in the bread crumbs so that both sides of the eggplant are evenly coated.
  • Lightly spray both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil spray.
  • Working in batches, fry the eggplant slices in the air fryer for 8 minutes for each batch.  (My air fryer can accommodate 4-5 slices per batch.)
  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Working in stacks on a baking sheet or oven-safe dish, layer the eggplant, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan.
  • Heat in the oven until the cheese is melted (approximately 5-8 minutes).
  • Garnish with fresh Basil sprigs and serve.
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