Eggplant Parmesan with Beef, Ricotta, and Spinach
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 1Onion Yellow Medium Local
- 2 ouncesSpinach Baby Organic
- 12 ouncesground beef
- 1 cancrushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cupflour
- 1/2 cupricotta cheese
- 1/4 cupgrated pecorino cheese
- 1/3 cupshredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 teaspoondried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoondried majoram
- 1/4 teaspoondried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoondried basil
What You’ll Need
- 12" large pan
- baking sheet
Prepare IngredientsPreheat oven to 425°F. Rinse eggplants and cut crosswise into ¼-inch slices. Place in a colander set over a large bowl or sink and toss with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside to drain for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, peel onion and cut into small dice. Rinse spinach. Pat beef dry with paper towel.
Brown BeefHeat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add onion and cook until softening, 3-5 minutes. Add spice mix and beef. Season with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and pepper as desired. Cook, stirring, until browned, 4-5 minutes more.
Make SauceReduce heat under pan with beef to medium, add crushed tomatoes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors are melded, 1-2 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in spinach to wilt. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Fry EggplantsPat eggplants dry with paper towel and transfer to medium bowl. Add flour, season with pepper, and toss to coat. Wipe pan from sauce clean and add 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add eggplants in a single layer and fry, working in batches and adding more oil as necessary, until golden and tender, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Assemble Eggplant ParmesanWhile eggplant fries, stir together ricotta and pecorino in a medium bowl. Spoon ⅓ of sauce into tin, reshaping if bent. Add ½ of eggplant, then ½ of ricotta mixture. Repeat with another ⅓ of sauce, remaining eggplant, and remaining ricotta mixture. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle over mozzarella.
Bake Eggplant ParmesanPlace eggplant Parmesan on a baking sheet, transfer to oven, and bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, 7-8 minutes. Enjoy your meal family-style if you like.