My Creamy Baked Parmesan Eggplant has been a favorite in our house for many years. It is a glorious way to bring eggplant to your dinner table in all its creamy goodness. Believe it or not, this is one of my son’s favorite side dishes.
He actually asks for seconds and thirds when I make it. This mom always gauges the success of my recipes based on how well my family enjoys them and this one is a huge hit. When my son and husband ask why I hadn’t shared this recipe here with you guys I really didn’t have an answer. So, I realized it was time, past time really, to bring this Creamy Baked Parmesan Eggplant to the blog.
Veggie or Fruit?
Eggplant may look a bit strange or seem a little scary to work with if you’ve never tried it but trust me it is a very tasty addition to any meal. It is easy to work with and it is relatively low in carbs coming in at roughly 2.3 net carbs per one cup serving, or 4.8 total carbs if you don’t subtract fiber.
Although I have always thought of eggplant as a vegetable, after some research I found out it is actually a fruit.Can you imagine taking a bite out of an eggplant like we do apples? Yeah, me either!
The typical eggplant you will find in most grocery stores, and the one I use in this recipe is the standard eggplant that is oblong and a deep purple color. However, there are many more varieties out there you can explore. Here is a great blog post I ran across that talks about 10 different types of eggplant. This same blogger has a post on how to store your eggplant from the same blogger that I found helpful.
This recipe is a great starting point if you haven’t cooked with or eaten eggplant before. Creamy Baked Eggplant is a simple side dish which can be assembled in about 15 minutes and then baked to perfection in a 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes. The eggplant has a soft and smooth texture after it is roasted in that creamy white sauce.
Creamy Baked Parmesan Eggplant is on our table at least a couple few times a month. Lately, I have found eggplant on sale at Aldi for .99 each, which is a great price. I am looking forward to Spring and Summer this year as I have plans to grown a couple eggplant varieties in our container garden. I think it will be amazing to go out and pick a fresh eggplant for dinner.
Have you tried eggplant? If so what is your favorite way to prepare it? I would love to hear about your recipes in the comments below! We also love our eggplant sliced and roasted in the oven and topped with a little cheese. I may share that recipe here soon, so make sure you sign up using your email if you would like to get all my new recipes as they come out.
Also, stay tuned for some new series of meal planning and freezer cooking!!