Slow-cooker Eggplant Parmesan Recipe: My Italian Mom Even Loves This Recipe by Ann Marie Patitucci

Slow-cooker Eggplant Parmesan Recipe: My Italian Mom Even Loves This Recipe

When I was a kid, my favorite Italian dish was chicken parmesan. As I’ve gotten older my favorite has become eggplant parmesan. I order it nearly every time my husband and I have a date night at our favorite Italian restaurant and often ask my mom to make it when we visit.

I’ve never attempted to make it on my own (bringing shame to my big Italian family!). Instead, I opt for the slow-cooker recipe, made in layers with marinara sauce and cheese. It passes my test: delicious, easy to make, family friendly and only 30 minutes of prep time.

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
Servings: 8


Here’s how to make it:

  1. Layer eggplant slices in a large bowl, sprinkling each layer with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes to drain, then rinse and dry with a kitchen towel or paper towels.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk eggs with water and flour until smooth. Dip eggplant slices in the batter. Fry two or three slices at a time in the oil until golden brown.
  3. In a different bowl, mix seasoned breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese. Place 1/4 of the eggplant slices into a slow cooker and top with 1/4 of the crumbs, 1/4 of the marinara sauce and 1/4 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers three more times.
  4. Cover and slow cook on low until flavors have blended and eggplant is tender, about 4 to 5 hours.

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Slow Cookers $25 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Marinara Sauce $2 & Up
Flour $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
Oooh, yummy. My son's favorite is chicken Parm, too. Want to try your recipe, thanks for sharing!
Eggplant parmesan is one of those dishes I just crave...
This looks delicious!

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