Appetizers or hors d’oeuvres are a must at a formal party, and they are a plus at any other gathering. They satisfy hunger pangs while the main dish is being prepared, and they give guests a sampling of some of your tastiest cuisine. Eggplant parmesan appetizers are ideal for any celebration. Whether you are planning a formal gathering or snacks for the Super Bowl, they are sure to be a huge hit. They are tasty little Italian-inspired hors d’oeuvres, and they are a satisfying change from the usual canapes and mini hotdogs wrapped in bacon.
To make delicious eggplant parmesan appetizers for your next party you will need fresh eggplant, a favorite brand of spaghetti sauce, four parts breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning and one part grated parmesan cheese, one or two large eggs and shredded mozzarella cheese. Chinese eggplant is best for appetizers since it is uniform in shape and size. You will also need a nonstick skillet or a deep fryer, baking sheets, cooking oil, cooking spray, paper plates and napkins or paper toweling. Measuring the ingredients is not required. Requirements will depend upon how many appetizers that you plan to prepare and serve to party guests. Round crackers are optional.
Begin by heating about a half inch of oil in a nonstick skillet, or preheat the oil in a deep fryer. In the meantime, peel the eggplant, and cut it into slices that are about an eighth of an inch thick. Dip them in scrambled raw egg, and coat them with the seasoned breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese. Test the oil with a drop of water to see if it is hot enough. If the water sizzles, start frying the coated eggplant parmesan slices. While they are browning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
After browning both sides, allow them to drain on napkins or paper towels. Pat the tops as well to remove as much of the oil as possible. Spray the baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
Arrange the appetizers about an inch apart on the baking sheets. Spoon the spaghetti sauce onto the fried eggplant slices, and top them with shredded mozzarella cheese and additional grated parmesan cheese. Bake them for about ten minutes or until the cheese is melted and just beginning to brown. Allow them to cool to the touch before serving on trays to party guests, and keep them uncovered to prevent moisture that would cause them to become limp and soggy. If they are not as crisp as you would like, serve them on round crackers. They will taste just as great.
Source: Food Preparation Experience and Experimentation