Parm Two Ways

February 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm 8 comments

My father-in-law’s birthday is this weekend so we’re celebrating with dinner tonight! I’m making chicken parmesan and eggplant parmesan, and I made extra of each so we’d have leftovers to freeze (I hope!).

I actually started the prep work this morning since it can take awhile. I don’t like not being able to socialize when we have guests over, and although I’m quite the multitasker, I’m not good at cooking and talking at the same time!

I made both parmesans the same way, just used chicken breasts for one and eggplant for the other. The eggplant parmesan takes just a little extra prep though:

First I sliced the eggplant in fairly thin slices, then salted both sides of the slices and layered them into a colander placed in a bowl.

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I put a towel over the eggplant and then weighted it down to help strain out the extra liquid. (Another good use for all that PB and coconut milk in the pantry!) I let the slices sit for a bit while I got working on the marinara sauce and getting the chicken ready.

eggplant press

I used basic marinara sauce: stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, basil, fennel seed, red pepper flakes, and lots of Italian seasoning. I brought it all to a boil, then let it simmer away on the stove until I was ready for it.

marinara

When the eggplant was done draining (a nasty brownish-liquid came out- I wasn’t prepared for that!), I rinsed the salt off and patted the slices dry between two dishes and got to work on the coating.

I’m a little lazy, so I dumped all the slices in a bowl and poured in some egg substitute and spices: pepper, onion & garlic powders, and basil. Then I tossed the slices around in the bowl until they were evenly coated. I did the same for the chicken. (The chicken breasts I had were really thick, so I pounded them out and cut them in half before coating.)

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I amused myself by trying to see how high I could throw the eggplant and still catch it (no, I didn’t drop any on the floor) I tried to catch an action shot for you:

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I sautéed the chicken breasts and eggplant, then wilted a mixture of kale and spinach in the hot pan. I layered the kale and chicken in one pan, and some kale and eggplant in the other. I ended up making a couple of layers of eggplant, so it started resembling lasagna, but that’s ok.

kale

chicken chicken

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I tossed some marinara and parmesan cheese between each layer, then laid on a thick coat of marinara. The final layer was slices of mozzarella and provolone cheese.

To round out the meal, I made a salad with romaine lettuce, pears, toasted walnuts, and feta cheese, plus a spicy sour cream-based dressing from the Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Cook. All with a warm, toasty, honey wheat baguette on the side.

salad dressing

I haven’t had it yet, but babka’s definitely on the menu for dessert. I can’t wait! And my friend Emily is coming over for a slumber party because she’s having some housework done. 🙂

Hope you’re having a great start to the weekend!!

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  • 1. theprocessofhealing  |  February 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    That sounds delicious!! I love chicken parm… one of my most favorite meals 🙂

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  • 2. marathonmaiden  |  February 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    looks yummy. youre such a good daughter in law 🙂

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  • 3. Kelly  |  February 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Wowzers that is a ton of food. Ironically I also had a pear, walnut, and feta cheese salad with my dinner. Your food looks amazing though.

    Reply
  • 4. Madeline - Greens and Jeans  |  February 19, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    You make me wish I liked eggplant (weird texture thing, ick)

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  • 5. peonynutshell  |  February 20, 2010 at 5:11 am

    eggplant parmesan sounds great 🙂 xx

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  • 6. Anna  |  February 20, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Yum!!! I bet these parms were so good! I’m like you– I like to find something that I can make ahead of time so that I”m not stuck in the kitchen while everybody else is out socializing!

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  • 7. lessonstolearn  |  February 20, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Eggplant parm is one of my favorite things! I am always too lazy to salt and drain it though. You reminded me to pick one up at the store this weekend!

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