Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesean

This recipe was inspired by Bon Appetite. I used my own tomato sauce and added some red chili pepper flakes to give it a little heat.

28’oz tomato sauce
Olive oil
8 garlic cloves, 2 finely chopped, 8
4 medium or 8 small eggplants (about 4 pounds), halved lengthwise
8 sprigs oregano
1 1/4 cu coarse fresh breadcrumbs
12 oz fresh mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces
3 ozs Parmesan, finely grated

Preheat oven to 400°F. Using a vegetable peeler, remove skin from rounded side of each eggplant half, leaving a 1″ strip of skin around the cut edges. Place eggplants, oregano sprigs, whole garlic cloves in a large baking pan. Spray eggplants to coat with oil; season with salt and pepper and place cut side down. Cover baking sheets tightly with foil and bake until eggplants are very soft, 40–45 minutes.

Toss breadcrumbs and 2 TBSP oil in a medium bowl. Transfer eggplants, oregano, and garlic to 2 large shallow baking dishes, placing eggplants cut side up. Top eggplants with tomato sauce and mozzarella, then sprinkle with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Bake until mozzarella is bubbling and breadcrumbs are golden, 25–30 minutes.

Serves 4.