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Eggplant Enchilado

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Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Yields

4 servings

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cooking Time

20 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

We fused two cuisines for an exciting marriage of flavors. We took a classic Italian eggplant parmesan and gave it a twist by adding queso enchilado and familiar Mexican flavors from our Chiles & Paprikas collection. The result: a vegetarian dish that has crunchy fried eggplant, melted cheese, and garlicky tomato sauce. ¡Buen apetito!

Ingredients

For sauce:

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil


1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce


For fried eggplant:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour



3 eggs, beaten

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup cornmeal


1 medium eggplant, peeled

vegetable oil, for frying

For assembly:

8 oz. Enchilado or Muenster cheese, sliced

2 Tbsp. crumbled Cotija cheese

Fresh chopped cilantro, to garnish

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Ancho Chile Powder

    Anchos are the sweetest of all dried chiles. Also known as poblano when fresh, they are the most commonly used chile in their native Mexico, long u...

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  • Onion & Garlic Tableside Sprinkle

    This salt-free blend of two kitchen staples is easy to use and always at the ready. Add the perfect blend of garlic and onion to any meal with just...

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  • Mayan Sea Salt

    Mayan Sea Salt has a clean appearance and flavor but is also an interesting tie to the ancient Mayan way of life. This sea salt was harvested off t...

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  • Fine Black Malabar Pepper

    Malabar black peppercorns are named for the region from which they are harvested, the Malabar Coast of India. These peppercorns have a bold and wel...

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Directions

Step 1: Make sauce

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat and stir in Ancho Chile Powder. Stir constantly for 1 min., or until fragrant, then reduce heat to low. Add tomato sauce and Onion & Garlic Tableside Sprinkle. Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for about 10 min.

Step 2: Fry eggplant

In a medium bowl, mix flour, Mayan Sea Salt, and Fine Black Malabar Pepper. In a second bowl, beat eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko, cornmeal, and Ancho Chile Powder. Slice eggplant into 12 (1/4-inch thick) rounds. Fill a heavy skillet with 1/2-inch of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Coat eggplant slices in flour, then dip in eggs, then coat in panko mixture. In batches, fry eggplant slices 3 to 4 min. on one side, then turn and fry 2 to 3 more min. on the other side. Once eggplant is a deep golden-brown color on both sides, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Step 3: Assemble

Preheat oven to broil. Place the 4 largest slices of fried eggplant in an ovenproof dish. Spread a layer of sauce on each slice and cover with slices of Enchilado cheese. Continue layering eggplant (largest to smallest), sauce, and cheese until each stack is 3 slices high. Top each stack with an additional layer of sauce and sprinkle with Cotija cheese. Place under broiler for 1 to 2 min. Once cheese is melted and browned slightly, remove from oven and garnish with cilantro before serving.