When I was at school I made an dish that was like a lasagna but replaced the pastry with Eggplant. It also had sliced bocconcini (I think) and was tomato based.

Just wondering if anyone knows the name of this dish? Is it just an Eggplant lasagna?


In Italian we call it parmigiana.

Wikipedia says:

Parmigiana or eggplant parmigiana (Italian: melanzane alla parmigiana or parmigiana di melanzane) is a Southern Italian dish made with shallow fried eggplant slices layered with cheese and tomato sauce, then baked. Variations made with breaded meat cutlets, such as veal and chicken parmigiana, have been developed in other countries, usually in areas of Italian immigration.

In Italy, you can find the variation with meatballs, but the original recipe (being from Southern Italy) doesn't include meat.

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    The eggplant version can also be breaded, with great results. – Michael Natkin Sep 1 '10 at 19:39

I always thought of the Greek dish Moussaka as Eggplant Lasagna. Except it is Béchamel sauce on top instead of more cheese.

  • Yeah I would have said Moussaka as well – Peter Sankauskas May 3 '11 at 22:19

Sounds like it could be the stripped down version of eggplant parm that, oddly enough, eschews the parm. I've had it a couple times in Southern Italy. Essentially, it's just layers of eggplant (with the moisture salted out in a colander, then the rounds dredged and fried), roma tomato passata, bocconcini (or any fresh mozzarella), basil leaves and sea salt. It's baked and it's delicious.

  • What is "eggplant parm"? – TFD Oct 3 '12 at 5:37
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    @TFD: "Eggplant parm" is a common abbreviation of "eggplant parmesan." See this other answer. – Alex A. Jan 20 '15 at 19:24

The Italian dish is called Melanzane Parmigiana

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