Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Eggplant Parmigiana

Claudia's version of Scalini's Eggplant Parm!
This is not just your regular eggplant parmigiana, this is labor inducing eggplant parm! This recipe is from the Italian restaurant, Alla Scalini's, in Cobb County, A future Diego?Georgia. Apparently many babies have been born after their mothers ate the Scalini's eggplant parmigiana. This is a breaded eggplant smothered in cheese and thick marinara sauce that is "guaranteed" to induce labor...well, that's what they claim. My cousin, Claudia, is about to pop a baby anytime and she made this recipe over 24 hours ago. It was delicious and I hope that it induces her into labor...I'll keep you posted.


  • 3 medium sized eggplants
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups fine Italian bread crumbs, seasoned
  • Olive oil for sautéing
  • 8 cups of marinara sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 pounds of mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups of ricotta cheese
  1. After you wash the eggplant, slice them into 1/4-inch thick slices. You may choose to peel the eggplant before you slice it. However, you may want to leave the skin on since it contains a lot of vitamins.
  2. Place the eggplant slices on a layer of paper towels and sprinkle with a little salt, then cover with another layer of paper towels and hold it down with something heavy to drain the excess moisture. Let them sit for about an hour.
  3. Working with one slice of eggplant at a time, dust with flour, dip in beaten eggs, then coat well with breadcrumbs.
  4. Sauté in preheated olive oil on both sides until golden brown.
  5. In baking dish, alternate layers of marinara sauce, eggplant slices, ricotta, parmesan and Romano cheeses, until you fill the baking dish, about 1/8 inch from the top. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese, and bake for 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Scalini's Marinara Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 cups chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 cup of fresh chopped sweet basil
  • Pinch of thyme
  • Pinch of rosemary
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One teaspoon black pepper


  1. Lightly sauté the onions in olive oil in large pot for a few minutes.
  2. Add garlic and sauté another minute.
  3. Add tomatoes and bring sauce to a boil, then turn heat low.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, stir, cover and let simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.
Yum! The finished product Recipe courtesy of John Bogino, Scalini's Italian Restaurant, Smyrna, Ga.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Out of curiousity did it work for her?? Either way it sounds yummy and I figure it can't hurt to try!