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Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan

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Several years ago I found a recipe for Eggplant Parmesan made with cracker crumbs in some random cookbook, and we fell in love with it. I made it a few times over the years before we moved to Iowa…where the cookbook was damaged by a leaking pipe…and I forgot about the recipe…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan, baked not fried and topped with Homemade Marinara Sauce cookingwithcurls.com #BretonGlutenFree

When I found out that Breton Crackers had come out with a new line of gluten-free crackers, that recipe popped into my head! I was determined to create a version of Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan that my celiac friend Michelle and her sister J.J. could eat. 🙂

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan featuring Breton Herb and Garlic Crackers cookingwithcurls.com

How to make Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan:

The first thing that we need to do, is slice our eggplant and drain all of the moisture out of it. Yes, this does take a bit of time, but it is well worth it….trust me. 😉

Slice your eggplant into (12) 1/2-inch slices. Place 2 sheets of paper towels on a flat work surface. Lay 6 slices of eggplant on the paper towels and sprinkle with salt…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan salt cookingwithcurls.com

Cover with a second set of paper towels and layer with remaining 6 slices. Sprinkle with salt, cover with 2 more sheets of paper towels and set aside for one hour…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan towels cookingwithcurls.com

While waiting for the eggplant, brush a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet with olive oil. Set aside…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan oil cookingwithcurls.com

I knew that the Breton Gluten Free Herb and Garlic Crackers would be the perfect flavor for my eggplant parmesan. Pour the entire 4.76 oz package of crackers into a food processor…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan crackers cookingwithcurls.com

and pulverized them into delicious cracker crumbs…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan crumbs cookingwithcurls.com

Remove the now moist paper towels and blot the eggplant dry with a clean paper towel, and preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place 1 cup of rice flour {or your favorite gluten-free flour} on a large plate. Coat each slice of eggplant with the rice flour…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan flour cookingwithcurls.com

Then dip into the beaten egg whites…..and then coat with the herb and garlic cracker crumbs…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan crust cookingwithcurls.com

Place the eggplant slices onto the prepared baking sheet…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan bake cookingwithcurls.com

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Flip slices over and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Spread 1/2 cup of Classic Marinara Sauce in the bottom of an 8 x 11 {or 8 x 8} baking dish…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan base cookingwithcurls.com

Place 6 eggplant slices on to of the sauce…..

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan layer 2 cookingwithcurls.com

Top with an additional 1/2 cup of Classic Marinara Sauce…..

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan layer 3 cookingwithcurls.com

Now place 1 slice of mozzarella on each eggplant slice…..

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan layer 4 cookingwithcurls.com

Top with another eggplant slice…..

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan layer 5 cookingwithcurls.com

Now another 1/2 cup of sauce, a second slice of mozzarella, and top with grated Parmesan cheese…..

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan top cookingwithcurls.com

Place in preheated 425 degree oven {it’s still on from earlier} and bake for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan. cookingwithcurls.com #BretonGlutenFree

Grab a spatula and serve while the cheese is nice and melty…..

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan. cookingwithcurls.com BretonGlutenFree

If you have ever made my Chicken Parmesan, you know that using rice flour is standard practice for me. It sticks better than all-purpose flour and doesn’t flake off when cooking.

All Breton crackers are certified gluten free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten Free Certification Program…..which is really good news for Michelle! These new crackers are also low in saturated fat, contain no artificial colors or flavors, no cholesterol and are trans-fat free!

More delicious gluten-free recipes:

Enjoy!!

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan, baked not fried and topped with Homemade Marinara Sauce cookingwithcurls.com #BretonGlutenFree

Gluten Free Eggplant Parmesan

Gluten-free Eggplant Parmesan, baked not fried and topped with Homemade Marinara Sauce!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: gluten-free, eggplant, marinara, Parmesan, mozzarella, recipe
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 634kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound eggplant
  • ¾ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup rice flour white or brown
  • 3 large egg white beaten
  • 4.76 ounce package Breton Gluten Free Herb & Garlic Crackers crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups marinara sauce homemade or jarred
  • 8 ounce sliced mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese I use Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions

  • Slice your eggplant into (12) 1/2-inch slices.
  • Place 2 sheets of paper towels on a flat work surface. Lay 6 slices of eggplant on the paper towels and sprinkle with salt.
  • Cover with a second set of paper towels and layer with remaining 6 slices. Sprinkle with salt, cover with 2 more sheets of paper towels and set aside for one hour.
  • While waiting for the eggplant, brush a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet with olive oil. Set aside
  • Pour the entire 4.76 oz package of crackers into a food processor and pulverized them into delicious cracker crumbs.
  • Remove the now moist paper towels and blot the eggplant dry with a clean paper towel, and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place 1 cup of rice flour {or your favorite gluten-free flour} on a large plate. Coat each slice of eggplant with the rice flour.
  • Dip eggplant slices into the beaten egg whites, then coat with the herb and garlic cracker crumbs.
  • Place the eggplant slices onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Flip slices over and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Spread 1/2 cup of Classic Marinara Sauce in the bottom of an 8 x 11 {or 8 x 8} baking dish.
  • Place 6 eggplant slices on to of the sauce.
  • Top with an additional 1/2 cup of Classic Marinara Sauce.
  • Now place 1 slice of mozzarella on each eggplant slice.
  • Top with another eggplant slice.
  • Now another 1/2 cup of sauce, a second slice of mozzarella, and top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Place in preheated 425 degree oven {it's still on from earlier} and bake for 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.
  • Grab a spatula and serve while the cheese is nice and melty.

Nutrition

Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1709mg | Potassium: 717mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Vitamin C: 8.9mg | Calcium: 434mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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10 Comments

  1. This looks so good! There aren’t enough good eggplant recipes out there, and I have most of these items available in my pantry! Pinning.

  2. Stopped by from the Wednesday Round up and gave you a pin it. I got to say that I really and a true believer and making my own croutons an breadcrumbs. I just love what you created here with gluten free crackers. I getting to need to go gluten free. Thanks for the reminder,

  3. I know what I’m making the next time we have my kids’ teacher over! She’s gluten-free, so I’m always on the hunt for just the right thing! Found you at LouLouGirls!

  4. A co-worker gave my husband a gorgeous eggplant from her garden, so this is exactly what I need! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. Great recipe, Lisa! I’ve been using those crackers like crazy, they’re so good for so many things. I made a crab dip with them and salmon patties. And they’re great for snacking too. I love the fact that you used them for eggplant parmesan! We’re going to be trying that too now.

  6. I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tomorrow night at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

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