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Eggplant is an amazing vegetable that, unfortunately, many people still struggle to cook. The vibrant plant can be found in many Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian dishes, and it’s popular for its versatility, flavor, and texture.

Eggplant is a low-calorie food that’s high in fiber and rich in many essential vitamins and minerals. From creamy baba ghanoush to a smoky vegetarian bacon alternative, these eggplant recipes show off just how delicious eggplant can be.

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1. Eggplant Parmigiana

This classic dish is always a hit. Slices of eggplant are fried until golden brown and crispy before being topped with marinara sauce and cheese.

To make this recipe, cut a large eggplant into ½ inch-thick round slices. Sprinkle these slices with salt and let rest for 30 minutes so that extra moisture and bitterness is removed. Set up two bowls; one with beaten eggs and one with breadcrumbs. Dip the slices in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs. Once coated, fry the slices in a pan until the eggplant is brown and tender.

Cover a casserole dish with one cup of marinara sauce. Put down one layer of eggplant slices over the sauce and top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Continue layering marinara, eggplant, and cheese until you’ve used all of the eggplant. Top the dish with more cheese and bake for about 20 minutes.

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