Jessica Seinfeld is super generous. Reason being, she regularly shares yummy food photos and recipes with her fans and once again she did not disappoint. Today, her speciality is Eggplant Cutlets with Tomato and Mozzarella, also found on her website do it Delicious.
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups dried bread crumbs
- 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for the salad
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for the salad
- 1 large eggplant (about 1¼ pounds)
- ¼ cup e.v. olive oil per batch of eggplant, plus more for the salad
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges
- 2 beefsteak tomatoes
- 12 ounces fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 16 fresh basil leaves
For the cutlets:
- Set up your breading station: Get out 4 dinner plates and 1 shallow bowl. Place the flour on one plate. In the shallow bowl, beat the eggs with a fork. On the second plate, combine the bread crumbs, salt, and pepper (12 turns on a pepper mill). Place a clean plate nearby for the breaded cutlets and top the last plate with paper towels.
- Peel the eggplant if you like; otherwise rinse it and pat dry. Using a serrated knife, slice off the stem and discard. Slice the eggplant into about 3/8-inch thick rounds (somewhere between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch).
- Using one hand, dip each round in the flour, then in the beaten egg. Let the excess egg drip off before finally dipping in the bread crumb mixture, pressing to help it adhere. Place the rounds on the clean plate.
- Place your large skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Measure and pour in 1/4 cup of the oil and heat until it shimmers (about 1 minute). Using tongs, add as many rounds that can fit in one layer (they should sizzle) and cook until the undersides are golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip them and cook until golden brown on the other sides, 2 to 3 minutes more.
- Transfer to the paper towel–lined plate. Wipe out the skillet with paper towels.
- Repeat with the remaining eggplant and oil.
- Place cutlets on a rimmed sheet pan
For the topping:
- Heat the oven (with the oven rack in the middle) to 400°F.
- Slice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Do the same with the mozzarella.
- Top each cutlet with a slice of tomato and mozzarella.
- Bake 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle with the red pepper and top with a basil leaf or two.