No Fry Eggplant Parmesan Recipe – 30 Minutes

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Eggplant Parmesan can be…..

…..done a few different ways resulting in various levels of time needed and mess made.

A long time ago I was working as a grunt in an Italian restaurant and meet this cook named Sal. He was always complaining about the Italian food here in America and how so much of it wasn’t the “real thing”. On the subject of eggplant parmesan, or as Sal called it “parmigiana di melanzane” .

He said, “Real Italian cooks bake the eggplant for parmigiana not fry it.”

At the time I just wrote it off as another one of his rants.

Then, years later, I saw Mario Batelli do it this way on his television show. So I had to try it and it is now the way that I do it all the time.

Quicker, less mess and just the right texture. Not crunchy and not mushy.

Set the oven at 400°F/205C. If you are not using a nonstick cookie sheet then line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil.

Cut the ends off of the eggplant and peel them. Some cooks leave the skin on but we don’t like the taste of the skin. Then slice into about 1/2 inch thick slices.

Using a little more than your gut tells you to, salt and pepper both sides of the eggplant slices and lay them out in the cookie sheet.

About 8 minutes or until slightly browned a little and just starting to get soft. The time will vary with different eggplants do to how ripe they might be.

BTW – when you are picking out your eggplant get the ones with the the least – or hopefully none – skin blemishes and lightest in weight.

Lightly cover half of the slices with tomato sauce – you could use  fresh or canned tomatoes in a pinch – and top with the mozzarella. Lay the naked slices on top of the well dressed slices and this time after the mozzarella sprinkle some dried basil  and grated parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.

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In the resulting bare spot in the pan spread out your veggie of choice for today. Broccoli or string beans will work. We like asparagus for this.

Give the asparagus the same tomato sauce, cheese, basil and olive oil topping that you gave the top eggplant layer. Into the oven for for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is done the way that YOU like it. 

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Then buon appetito!! Enjoy your No Fry Eggplant Parmesan. 

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Chianti of course!!

 

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  1. Set the oven at 400°F/205C. If you are not using a nonstick cookie sheet then line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Cut the ends off of the eggplant and peel them. Then slice into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Using a little more than your gut tells you to, salt and pepper both sides of the eggplant slices and lay them out in the cookie sheet. About 8 minutes or until slightly browned a little and just starting to get soft. The time will vary with different eggplants do to how ripe they might be.
  2. Lightly cover half of the slices with marinara sauce - you could use sliced tomatoes in a pinch - and top with the mozzarella. Lay the naked slices on top of the well dressed slices and this time after the mozzarella sprinkle some dried basil and grated parmesan cheese. Lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  3. In the resulting bare spot in the pan spread out your veggie of choice for today. Any stalky kind of green will work. We like asparagus for this. Give the asparagus the same tomato sauce, cheese and basil topping that you gave the top eggplant layer. Bake in to the oven for for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is done the way that you like it.
  4. Then buon appetito!! Enjoy your No Fry Eggplant Parmesan.
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Chicken Parmesan – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes

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Chicken Parmesan…..

………is a traditional Italian recipe that uses just a few ingredients. It’s a great way to quickly and easily come up with a restaurant quality meal on a busy weeknight. 

We really like it and often serve it up for guests and it always goes over great.

I found these pre trimmed and portion size breasts that eliminate the trimming and hammering process. You just thaw them in the microwave and you are ready to go.

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Just go with tenders if that’s all that you have on hand. It will still turn out great.

If you don’t make your own marinara sauce – Poppop’s==> recipe – just get some off the shelf at your grocery store. I recommend Biutoni.

Here is a 3 ingredient 30 minute recipe for marinara sauce from a really good book of simple traditional Italian recipes called Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. I have it in my iPad and often refer to it .

Set your oven at 350°F/177°C. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl just enough olive oil to coat the bottom.

If your chicken is frozen thaw it out in the microwave oven. While it’s thawing slice up or grate the mozzarella or use some of the pre shredded stuff.

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and….

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…….fry in the skillet just enough to sear the outside. They are going to cook some more in the oven.

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In a shallow bowl or baking sheet spread a little of the marinara sauce. Then……

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……… lay the chicken out in the bowl – or pan – and top it with marinara sauce. A thicker layer than you have on the bottom.

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Put on a layer of the mozzarella and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches.

Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil.

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Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 – 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan!

Buon Appetito!

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Chianti fo course!  And, some of Poppop”s homemade bread for dipping.

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  1. If your chicken is frozen thaw it out in the microwave oven. While it's thawing slice up or grate the mozzarella or use some of the pre shredded stuff. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and fry in the skillet just enough to sear the outside. They are going to cook some more in the oven.
  2. In a shallow bowl or baking sheet spread a little of the marinara sauce. Then lay the chicken out in the bowl - or pan - and top it with marinara sauce. A thicker layer than you have on the bottom. Chicken Parmesan-4-poppopcooks.com-chicken parmesan recipe-easy chicken parmesan-easy chicken parmesan recipe chicken recipes-quick and easy recipes-parmesan-chicken Put on a layer of the mozzarellaI and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches. Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil. Chicken Parmesan-5-poppopcooks.com-chicken parmesan recipe-easy chicken parmesan-easy chicken parmesan recipe chicken recipes-quick and easy recipes-parmesan-chicken Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 - 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan! Buon Appetito!
  3. Put on a layer of the mozzarella and just barely get it coated with a tiny bit of marinara just to keep it from getting any burnt crusty patches. Then a generous layer of grated parmesan cheese, Sprinkle the dried basil, and lightly drizzle with some good extra virgin olive oil. Then, into the oven it goes until the liquid on the bottom of the dish is bubbling and the cheese has melted. About 8 - 10 minutes. Then serve up and enjoy your Chicken Parmesan! Buon Appetito!
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One Pot Chicken Dinner – 30 Minutes

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You’re whole One Pot Chicken Dinner will be done in one pot and in thirty minutes. You can substitute lots of different meats, veggies and/or starches. In the interest of quick and easy rotisserie chicken and minute rice is the fastest.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and eyeball about 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Cut up the chicken into about 3/4 – 1″ cubes and add them to the pan.

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Salt and pepper them and cook turning a few times until they get brown on the edges.

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While the chicken is cooking cut up the onion, zucchini and the garlic then add all of the veggies and the pasta to the pan and toss it all together.

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Then the marinara sauce or diced tomatoes. Mix everything together and let it heat up to a fast simmer. Reduce the heat just enough to maintain the fast simmer and let it cook. Stir it up a few times as it cooks.

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In about 8 minutes the pasta will be done al dente. Then it is time to serve up your One Pot Chicken Dinner.

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Now, wasn’t that easy? And boy is it good! Chianti goes great and some of Poppop’s homemade bread for dipping.

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  1. Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and eyeball about 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Cut up the chicken into about 3/4 - 1" cubes and add them to the pan. Salt and pepper them and cook turning a few times until they get brown on the edges.
  2. While the chicken is cooking cut up the onion, zucchini and the garlic then add all of the veggies and the pasta to the pan and toss it all together.
  3. Then the marinara sauce or diced tomatoes. Mix everything together and let it heat up to a fast simmer. Reduce the heat just enough to maintain the fast simmer and let it cook. Stir it up a few times as it cooks.
  4. In about 8 minutes the pasta will be done al dente. Then it is time to serve up your One Pot Chicken Dinner.
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Quick Easy Italian Sausage Dinner

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You can find tons of different ways to enjoy Italian Sausage. From sausage and peppers to calzones and everything in between. This recipe is a quick and easy version of the traditional sausage with marinara sauce and pasta. We had our favorite fast veggie with our Quick Easy Italian Sausage Dinner. Here’s that recipe Oven baked Zucchini. First get some of the best Italian sausage that is available in your neck of the woods. Here in Texas we go with this old standby. There is almost always some in our freezer. Back in North Jersey there were lots of real good Italian deli’s that made their own and, wow, were they good.

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Poke holes in the sausage so that the juices can run off when they start to cook.

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Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. You could even cook the pasta in the skillet with the sausage. When you add the sauce add the pasta. It works best that way with a short pasta like penne or rigatoni. Put a large skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Put the sausage in. Brown them well on each side. About 3-4 minutes a side.

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When the sausage is browned and firmed up move them to your cutting board and cut them in half lengthwise.

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Put them back in the pan with the flat side down.

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Add the sauce and bring it to a simmer then lower the heat just enough to maintain a fast simmer. Move the sausage around a few times as it finishes cooking in the sauce. About 8-10 minutes.

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Your pasta will be done so you now can enjoy your Quick Easy Italian Sausage Dinner. Bon Appetito!

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Chianti of course! If it’s a special occasion then how about a nice Barolo.

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  1. Poke holes in the sausage so that the juices can run off when they start to cook.
  2. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. You could even cook the pasta in the skillet with the sausage. When you add the sauce add the pasta. It works best that way with a short pasta like penne or rigatoni.Put a large skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Put the sausage in. Brown them well on each side. About 3-4 minutes a side.
  3. When the sausage is browned and firmed up move them to your cutting board and cut them in half lengthwise. Put them back in the pan with the flat side down. Add the sauce and bring it to a simmer then lower the heat just enough to maintain a fast simmer. Move the sausage around a few times as it finishes cooking in the sauce. About 8-10 minutes.
  4. Your pasta will be done so you now can enjoy your Quick Easy Italian Sausage Dinner. Bon Appetito!
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