Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan

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Make classic Italian eggplant parmesan at home quick enough for a weeknight, and better for you too, with sheet pan eggplant parmesan and homemade turkey meatballs.  Skip the frying and bake with Mazola® Corn Oil instead.  In fact, did you know a recent study has found that adding Mazola® Corn Oil to one’s diet resulted in lower cholesterol levels than Coconut Oil. A previous study found that corn oil can also help lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about the study, see Mazola.com.

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan: make a classic Italian dish healthier and quick with this weeknight-friendly baked sheet pan dinner and a side of turkey meatballs. Skip frying and bake instead! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #eggplantparm #sheetpan #dinner

Growing up, eggplant parmesan was probably my favorite thing to order from Italian restaurants.  I was a vegetarian for 15 years, and I’ve never been a huge fan of tomato-based sauces, so my choices were a little limited.

But a big slice of eggplant, battered and fried, covered in cheese, and served with a side of pasta?  Yes, please!

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan: make a classic Italian dish healthier and quick with this weeknight-friendly baked sheet pan dinner and a side of turkey meatballs. Skip frying and bake instead! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #eggplantparm #sheetpan #dinner

And then I became an adult and became a little more conscientious about my eating.  Fortunately, eating healthier doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice flavor, like with this sheet pan eggplant parmesan!

Skip frying the eggplant and bake it instead.  Serve with a side of turkey meatballs instead of higher fat beef or pork meatballs.  Bypass the pasta and go for some roasted vegetables.  And skip the heavier oils in favor of Mazola® Corn Oil.

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan: make a classic Italian dish healthier and quick with this weeknight-friendly baked sheet pan dinner and a side of turkey meatballs. Skip frying and bake instead! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #eggplantparm #sheetpan #dinner

We’re still using some oil in this recipe, to help get a nice crispy coating on the (baked, not fried!) breading (and to ensure the eggplant doesn’t stick to the pan!).

I like using Mazola® Corn Oil because it’s a smart, heart-healthy choice made of 100% pure oil with no additives.  A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com.

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan: make a classic Italian dish healthier and quick with this weeknight-friendly baked sheet pan dinner and a side of turkey meatballs. Skip frying and bake instead! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #eggplantparm #sheetpan #dinner

Mazola® Corn Oil has a neutral taste, so the eggplant actually tastes like eggplant.

Plus, it has a higher smoke point than most other cooking oils (450°F!) so you won’t set off your smoke alarm baking your sheet pan eggplant parmesan or sacrifice the nutrition from the vegetables. Many home cooks don’t know that all cooking oils have a high smoke point that, once exceeded, not only negatively affects the food’s flavor but also affects the nutritional value.

(It’s also great for baking, grilling, sautéing, stir frying, or mixing up a marinade or dressing.)

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan: make a classic Italian dish healthier and quick with this weeknight-friendly baked sheet pan dinner and a side of turkey meatballs. Skip frying and bake instead! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #eggplantparm #sheetpan #dinner

One thing you might notice missing compared to other recipes: I don’t bother with salting my eggplant.

Coating sliced eggplant with salt, then rinsing off after 20-30 minutes, can help remove any bitter taste by drawing out any excess liquid.  You can absolutely do this if you prefer.

Using smaller, fresh eggplant also reduces any bitter taste or sogginess, and saves you the extra time.

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan: make a classic Italian dish healthier and quick with this weeknight-friendly baked sheet pan dinner and a side of turkey meatballs. Skip frying and bake instead! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #eggplantparm #sheetpan #dinner

I’ve talked before about my love of sheet pan dinners (like this sheet pan Asian salmon) and how you can prep everything ahead of time.

This eggplant parm is exactly the same: you can dredge the eggplant and roll the meatballs in the morning before work, and then bake when you get home.

You could make this even easier by using store bought turkey meatballs, but it only takes about 10 minutes to make your own from scratch.

Extra bonus: you know exactly what goes in them (and my 2.5 year old devoured these)!

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan: make a classic Italian dish healthier and quick with this weeknight-friendly baked sheet pan dinner and a side of turkey meatballs. Skip frying and bake instead! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #eggplantparm #sheetpan #dinner

Delicious, better for you, and weeknight friendly – the dinner trifecta!

Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Make classic Italian eggplant parmesan at home quick enough for a weeknight, and healthier too, with sheet pan eggplant parmesan and homemade turkey meatballs.

Ingredients:

For the eggplant:
  • 2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 2 cups panko
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • fresh basil
For the turkey meatballs:
  • 2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 °F.  Drizzle the Mazola® Corn Oil over the sheet pan and spread to cover the whole pan.
  2. Combine the panko, parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and salt in a shallow dish and mix.  In a separate dish, whisk the eggs.  Dip the eggplant slices in the eggs, followed by the panko mixture, turning to coat both sides.
  3. Place the breaded eggplant slices on the sheet pan.  Bake for 15 minutes, flip, and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Spoon tomato sauce over each slice and top with the shredded mozzarella.  Return to the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until cheese is fully melted.  Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil.
  4. While the eggplant is baking for the first 15 minutes, prepare the turkey meatballs.  Coat a second sheet pan with theMazola® Corn Oil.  Combine all other ingredients for the turkey meatballs in a large bowl and mix together, using your hands, until the ingredients are just combined (do not overmix).  Using your hands, roll into golf ball-sized meatballs and place on the sheet pan.  Add the sheet pan to the oven after flipping the eggplant and bake for 20-25 minutes, until reaching an internal temperature of 165 °F.

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