Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mama's In The Kitchen!

Do you like what you see?
Made it last night!
Ate it last night!
Then I
ate it for breakfast!
Yes I did!
With a big fat glass
of milk!

Let's name this dish
Mama Holli's 
Eggplant & Chicken Parmesan
So here is the recipe!
2 pounds of skinless/boneless chicken breasts (cut up in cubes)
1 medium sized eggplant
1- 8 oz package of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 pounds gravy (Italian Red Sauce)
1 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
salt and pepper
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 cup Olive oil
garlic powder

First you need your gravy!  I usually make my own but you may use any store brands Prego, Ragu, Paul Newman, you get the picture! If using store bought get the flavor you like best.  Get that heating up in a pot!  If using store brand you might want to add some fresh garlic and a splash of red wine to spruce it up a bit!  Wine makes everything better!  Next you will peel the eggplant.  Take the purple skin off with a knife.  Slice the eggplant in 1/4 inch round slices.  Spread the slices out on a kitchen towel.  Lightly salt each slice let it sweat for 5 minutes then flip and repeat on the other side.
Heat up about 1 cup of olive oil in a skillet.  Take each slice of eggplant and dip into milk and then flour.  Fry the eggplant about 4 slices at a time until slightly brown on each side then place on a plate with paper towels to drain.  In a separate skillet add 2 Tbs. of olive oil and heat on medium high.  Add the cubed chicken to the pan and cook until done. Season with garlic powder and pepper. Take a baking dish about 9 x 13 and spread about 1 cup of the gravy in the dish.  Layer the bottom of the dish with half of the fried eggplant.
Add the chicken on top of the eggplant and cover with half of the remaining gravy.  Add half of the cheese and evenly spread over the gravy.  Layer remaining eggplant, gravy and cheese.  Bake uncovered 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve hot with salad and bread! Don't forget top eat any leftovers for breakfast!  With most Italian dishes it is usually even better the second day!


Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Yes, it looks wonderful BUT I am so happy to know that somebody else eats Italian food with milk!!! I eat pizza with milk...that maybe too weird for you but I would have so eaten this with a big ole glass of 2%!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

THAT LOOKS SO GOOD! I would drink milk with it. I don't know why you wouldn't. The milk rolls around on your tongue, making it sort of a tomato milkshake! tomato soup with milk is waay better than made with water! (And, you wouldn't make it with wine.... Or would I???) I quite often resort to jarred tomato sauce, but always add my brown sugar and butter to it. (Takes the cardboard taste off my mom used to say!)

the gypsy chick said...

Ya'll are too funny! I'm glad that other people eat their left over’s for breakfast. I was thinking about warming up a bowl of left over chili, but thought that chili at 9 am might be a little odd, but now I'm going for it! :P

Jessica said...

This has to be my most favorite Italian dish that I make - and yours sounds SO delish!!!

heartnsoulcooking said...

GREAT!!! and AWESOME!!! recipe for one of my family's favorite. This is a must try in my book.
I have become a follower of your blog, come by and visit maybe you can do the same. I also have a giveaway for a waffle maker.

Erica said...

WOW!!! This recipe sure looks good......and very 'delish'. Thanks for sharing.