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No matter what people think about it, the Eggplant Parmesan belongs to Italian cuisine. This classic from the Italian dishes has won over the popularity of other Parmesan dishes around the globe.
Best Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan Recipe (Longer Preservable)
The most interesting fact about the air fryer-cooked eggplant Parmesan is that you can freeze them for as long as six months. All that you need to do is to put the food in a freezer bag and make sure that all the air from the bag is squeezed. Freeze the bag and enjoy whenever you want.
Similarly, you can reheat the frozen eggplant Parmesan right from the freezer without waiting to melt. At a temperature of 350°F, you will take only five minutes to reheat the frozen food. If you feel that the eggplant slices are still not heated perfectly, increase the time for another minute and get crispy reheated eggplant Parmesan out of the air fryer.
How to cook the best air fryer Eggplant Parmesan
The main item of the following recipe is one large eggplant. Use the salt according to your taste. The rest of the ingredients you need for different purposes are listed below. Note them down carefully so that you do not miss the taste of your delicious eggplant Parmesan.
The important fact to share is that the peel of eggplant is something you can eat without worries. So it does not make any difference if you peel off the eggplant or not for making the Parmesan.
You will be needing two different types of mixtures and a topping mixture to be prepared before we start cooking. Arrange the ingredients separately for topping and mixtures so that the preparation work remains hassle-free. Firstly, note down the ingredients for the breadcrumbs mixture.
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
Similarly, the ingredients you need for preparing the egg mixture are as followed;
- 1 big egg
- 1 egg’s white
- 3 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
- 4 tablespoons water
To make the yummy topping you are going to require the following ingredients.
- ¾ cup of your favorite sauce (preferably marinara)
- 4 oz fresh cheese (Diced into 12 thin slices)
- A small number of basil seeds (If you like to add)
In case you have the shredded cheese use as much as ¾ cup.
First of all, dice the eggplant into thin slices. As a suggestion, you can cut around 4 slices out of one inch of the eggplant. That is an ideal thickness. Spread a paper towel in a wide dish and place the slices all over it. You can also use a neat kitchen towel for the purpose.
Pour the salt all over the slices evenly and then rub it with your fingers gently. Let the eggplant slices rest in a corner so that the slices can absorb the salt for deeper taste richness. You should wait for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, the eggplant rests, take a shallow bowl and add water and flour to it. Also, add the egg and the extra egg white to the same. Keep the mixture beating until everything is mixed together.
Take another bowl and start adding Parmesan cheese, seasoning, and breadcrumbs to it. Stir them together so that there becomes an evenly mixed content.
On lapsing the 15 minutes, take the eggplant slices and dip them one by one in the egg mixture. Make sure that the slice is completely coated with the liquid. Then take it to the breadcrumbs bowl and toss repeatedly in it so that the coating is all around.
When you are done with coating a slice with both the mixtures, place it in the air fryer. Make a single layer of slices and avoid multi-stockings. Similarly, Do not overcrowd the air fryer. If you have more quantity than a single layer, cook them in batches. Do not forget to spray the basket or tray with the cooking oil, slightly.
Once all the possible quantity of eggplant slices is placed in the air fryer, throw a cooking oil spray over the slices. There should be a slight oil spray over the slices.
Switch on the air fryer and let it cook the eggplant for about 8 minutes. The required temperature is 370°F. When the cooking time is elapsed, open the air fryer and flip the slices upside down. Cook them for another 3 minutes and then open again to apply the sauces to the eggplant. Pour and rub one tablespoon of sauce on each slice and then drizzle the cheese as a final topping. You need to cook the eggplant slices for another couple of minutes.
Here is your delicious eggplant Parmesan ready for serving. If you like to garnish the eggplant Parmesan, you can use some basil seeds for the purpose, otherwise, you are all set to serve it.
There may be several serving ideas that can enhance the flavor of your delicious eggplant Parmesan. Grilled zucchini or roasted Broccolini is the popular side servings for it. Similarly, you can use the sauteed green beans, meatballs, or antipasto salads are other option you can choose from, according to you taste.
Eggplant blesses the human body with extensively beneficial minerals and vitamins. Eating eggplant can help with preventing cancer and Anemia. It further improves the functioning of the human stomach and brain as well as facilitates bone development. The eggplant contains sufficient value of vitamins A and C, which strengthen the cells to avoid damages and also support the sugar processing in the body.
Possible Health Risks
The alkaloids and solanines contained in the eggplant can be toxic. These are the elements that the nightshade family contains. You may have to face throat burning or heart Arrhythmia as a result of eating the tubers or leaves of nightshade family plants.
The reason behind rubbing the salt on the slices and letting them rest for a short span is that the salt squeezes the water out of the slices. The drier eggplant slices become pleasantly crispy on cooking. To avoid the soggy Parmesan, never forget to apply the salt before seasoning and give it sufficient to absorb and release the water.