Eggplant Parmesan is one of those dishes that I really miss being gluten-free. Here is a fabulous way to get your fix without the wheat. The goat cheese is soft and creamy, so you get all the ooey-gooeyness of being in restaurant. Plus, you don’t need a deep-frier for this one!
1 egg plant sliced, salted and drained
2 roma tomatoes, sliced
4 oz goat cheese
3 TB tomato sauce or strained tomatoes
3 oz shredded mozzarella
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
1/3 Cup rice flour
evoo for pan frying
Slice the eggplant into disks about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle it liberally with sea salt and let sit in a colander in the sink for about 10 minutes. Salting and draining eggplant improves the texture and helps the breading to cook up crisper.
Mix rice flour and Italian seasoning in a pie plate. Dredge eggplant slices to coat well. Fry in hot oil until crisp. Drain on separate plate.
In the bottom of a casserole pan, spread the tomato sauce. This will keep the veggies from sticking. Layer fried egg plant, crumbled goat cheese, tomato slices, oregano, and mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes, until cheeses are melted and tomato is well roasted. Serve with polenta, gluten-free pasta, or risotto.