15 Eggplant Parmesan Recipes

It's Comfort Food at Its Best

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Few Italian dishes conjure up the iconic feeling of comfort food like eggplant parmesan. It has all the rich, cheesiness of chicken parmesan, without the meat. It's also a great way to use up extra eggplant from your summer garden or make the most of the purple produce. Try one of these eggplant parmesan recipes, and some twists on the classic, for dinner tonight.

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    Classic Eggplant Parmesan

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    Eggplant with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Louise Lister /Getty Images

    This classic eggplant parmesan recipe will make its way into your regular rotation once you taste the first bite. Sliced fresh mozzarella gives it a gooey, cheesy texture that shredded mozz just can't replicate, and either seasoned or plain bread crumbs will work to add perfect crunch.

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    Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan

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    Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan. Photo (c) istockphoto.com

    You don't have to give up eggplant parmesan if you can't eat gluten. Just swap the breadcrumbs for gluten-free flour. This recipe also includes mushrooms and green pepper, for additional flavor and texture.

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    Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

    Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
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    No one will miss the animal products in this satisfying vegan eggplant Parmesan. Soy or other nondairy cheese, silken tofu, tahini, and nutritional yeast contribute to that savory, cheesy flavor you love, while still being perfect for vegans or those avoiding dairy.

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    Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan

    Eggplant Parmigiana
    Eggplant Parmigiana. Diana Rattray

    Eggplant gets coated in breadcrumbs and then sautéed before layering in the slow cooker to create a lovely, hands-off eggplant parmesan. This recipe works great for days when you don't want to heat up your kitchen or stand over the stove.

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    Eggplant and Tomato Casserole

    Eggplant with Sweet Onions and Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
    Eggplant with Sweet Onions and Tomatoes. Diana Rattray

    This eggplant casserole tastes very similar to eggplant parmesan, but just without the name (or the breading). You don't dredge the eggplant in breadcrumbs like in other recipes, so this one has fewer carbs than the traditional preparation and is naturally gluten-free.

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    Authentic Eggplant Parmigiana

    Eggplant Parmesan (Parmigiana di melanzane)
    Eggplant Parmesan (Parmigiana di melanzane). Fabio Bianchini/Getty

    This authentic eggplant parmigiana comes straight from Italy, where the eggplant doesn't get breaded before assembling the layers. It also calls for Buffalo mozzarella, which will give the dish a soft, velvety texture. And because it uses less cheese than some, you will really taste the eggplant.

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    Stuffed Eggplant with Beef

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    If you like your eggplant with a little extra heft, try this stuffed eggplant with ground beef, tomato sauce, and cheese. It tastes similar to eggplant parmesan, but with the addition of beef. Use smaller eggplants so each halved eggplant makes one serving.

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    Greek-Style Stuffed Eggplant

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    This stuffed eggplant recipe tastes like a cross between eggplant parmesan and the Greek moussaka. Eggplants get halved and stuffed with cheese, tomatoes, garlic, spices, and some ground beef. Then, the whole thing gets covered with a creamy béchamel sauce for a gooey comfort food treat.

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    Eggplant Lasagna with Ricotta

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    Some people serve eggplant parmesan with a side of pasta. With this eggplant lasagna with ricotta, you can have both in one delicious dish. Sliced mushrooms give it a meatier texture and some added nutrition, and three kinds of cheese round it all out.

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    Baked Eggplant with Feta

    Stuufed eggplants with mozzarella
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    Give your eggplant parmesan a Greek accent by swapping out the mozzarella for feta in these easy eggplant boats. Use the long, slender ones often labeled "Italian eggplants" for this recipe, which don't have the signature bitterness that you sometimes find in other types. It makes a wonderful end-of-summer dish when eggplants are plentiful.

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    Grilled Eggplant with Spinach and Feta

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    Try these smoky grilled eggplant slices rolled around spinach and feta, then baked in a succulent tomato sauce. It comes out similar to eggplant parmesan, but with a smokier, saltier, slightly lighter flavor. Prepare it for a meatless main or as a hearty side.

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    Cheesy Eggplant Casserole

    Eggplant Bake with Bread Crumb Topping
    Eggplant Bake with Bread Crumb Topping. Diana Rattray

    Think of eggplant parmesan but swap mozzarella for cheddar, tomato sauce for diced tomatoes, and add a creamy sauce and you have this comforting cheesy eggplant casserole. It tastes just as rich and smooth as the original, with a slightly different profile.

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    Hearty Eggplant Parmesan

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    To make this classic eggplant parmesan even more decadent, coat the eggplant with breadcrumbs before frying. It will give it a crispy texture that contrasts beautifully with the smooth cheese and tomatoes. Try using sliced mozzarella instead of shredded, for an even more special dish.

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    Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta

    Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta

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    Lighten things up with this eggplant, tomato, and feta cheese dish that has a similar profile to eggplant parmesan. It tastes great at the peak of summer when the veggies are in season. Use a good-quality feta to really let the cheese shine.

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    Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Cheese

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    If you want the flavor of eggplant parmesan but as a side dish, try these roasted eggplants and tomatoes with parmesan cheese. Roasting eggplants and tomatoes give them a lovely smoky note that tastes awesome alongside steak, chicken, or even pork.