Classic Eggplant Parmesan

Moderate
Serves 8
Ingredients: 

3 cups panko breadcrumbs

1 tsp. Kowalski's Bold Italian Seasoning

2 eggs

2 tbsp. water

3 lbs. eggplant, cut into 1/2" thick slices

- Kowalski's Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 (26 oz.) jars Kowalski's Thick & Hearty Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

1 lb. Kowalski's Fresh Mozzarella, thinly sliced, torn into small pieces

6 oz. pkg. fancy shredded Italian blend cheese

1 tsp. lemon zest

- chopped fresh Italian parsley

Instructions: 

In a shallow pan, combine breadcrumbs and Italian seasoning; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs and water; dip eggplant slices in egg mixture, then coat with breadcrumbs. In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat; working in several batches, cook eggplant slices until golden on both sides (8-10 min.), turning once and adding oil as needed. Drain eggplant slices on paper towels. Spread 1 cup pasta sauce in bottom of a 13x9" glass baking dish. Arrange half of fried eggplant slices in baking dish; top with half of fresh mozzarella and shredded cheese. Repeat layers with remaining pasta sauce, eggplant, mozzarella and shredded cheese. Bake in a preheated 400° oven until sauce is bubbling (about 45 min.). Let stand, covered, 15 min.; sprinkle top with lemon zest and parsley before serving.

Note: This dish can be assembled and refrigerated, covered, up to 24 hrs. before baking.