Easy Deconstructed Baked Eggplant Parmesan

I found these baby eggplants on sale today, 10 for only $1.00.

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I couldn’t resist and I bought these to experiment with.

mini eggplants

These little eggplants are are so cute. They will make the perfect appetizer.

scooped eggplant

They are almost bite sized…I cut them lengthwise and left the stem on. This way you have the option of grabbing one and eating it as a finger food. I scooped out a little bit of the flesh so the fillings would stay inside instead of rolling off the top as it baked.

eggplant brushed

Sprinkle each with salt then brush on some olive oil.

eggplant and basil

Add fresh basil.

eggplant and marinara

Spoon a tablespoon of your favorite marinara sauce on top.

eggplant ready to bake

Add some fresh minced garlic and mozzarella cheese.

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Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan
  • 10 baby eggplants
  • fresh basil thinly sliced
  • olive oil
  • your favorite marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs
  • garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray non-stick olive oil in a baking dish.
  3. Slice eggplants lengthwise leaving stem on.
  4. Scoop out some of the inside so there is a 1/2 inch indentation.
  5. Sprinkle salt on the eggplant then brush with olive oil.
  6. Add a piece of fresh basil.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of marinara.
  8. Put a tiny bit of minced raw garlic on.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese.
  10. Sprinkle a little gluten free panko.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes until done.

Here is another fun appetizer to make. Delicata Squash Stuffed Mushrooms.

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  1. I love this recipe! A great take on eggplant parmigiana!

  2. Sandi what a fabulous idea! I am always looking for new eggplant recipes. I wish I could find such a good deal like you did!

  3. Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan, looks like a delicious idea. I love the baby eggplants.

  4. I love this idea of a deconstructed eggplant Parm. Don’t you just love it when you get a good deal on fresh produce? Your recipe looks absolutely delicious.

  5. I love everything about your Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan and can’t wait to try it!

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