Peeled and butterflied eggplants are coated in panko, fried, topped with cheese and broiled. Served with spaghetti in tomato sauce, eggplant katsu won’t make you miss meat at all!
Along with other carbs, pasta is not one of the most fashionable dishes to enjoy today. But we don’t care about fads at home. When we crave pasta, we indulge. And we try to get creative every time too.
Take, for instance, the spaghetti dish we had a few nights ago. The pasta sauce is just simple tomato sauce. A pouch of tomato paste (we were out of canned whole peeled tomatoes), olive oil, onion, garlic, oregano and plenty of bell peppers.
But the real star of the dish was what went on top of the pasta. Think Japanese katsu without any meat though. Instead of the usual pork or chicken, we had eggplants.
Asian eggplants are sweet so you can imagine the contrast that natural sweetness name with the tartness of the tomato-based pasta sauce.
Imagine the textures too. Crispy panko coating, creamy eggplants and delightfully slippery noodles… Oh, it was quite a treat!
- Peel the eggplants and cut off the tips. Cut each eggplant horizontally into two to three portions.
- Arrange the eggplants side by side on a plate then wrap the plate with cling film. Remember to leave a vent for steam to escape.
- Microwave the eggplants for two minutes (we have a 1000W microwave oven; if the wattage of your microwave is different, you will need to adjust the cooking time).
- Peel off the cling wrap and let the eggplants cool a bit.Butterfly the eggplants. Split each piece of eggplant vertically without cutting all the way through.
- Open up the split eggplants then make vertical cuts along the length of the left and right sides.
- Sprinkle the butterflied eggplants with salt and pepper.
- Dredge each butterflied eggplant in flour, dip in egg then coat thoroughly with panko.
- In a frying pan heat enough cooking oil to reach a depth of one inch.
- Fry the breaded eggplants, in batches if your frying pan is on the small side, over medium heat until the coating is golden and crisp, and flipping them over for even cooking.
- Move the eggplants to a rack as they cook.
- Preheat the oven to 400F using the broiler (top heasetting.
- Arrange the fried eggplants on a baking tray and top each with mozzarella.
- Broil the eggplants just until the cheese melts.
- Sprinkle Parmesan and parsley over the cheese-y eggplant katsu before serving.
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