In the past I have had chicken parmigiana and, despite enjoying most Italian foods, do not care for it.
I had an eggplant. A friend told me how much she and her family LOVE eggplant parmigiana. I made eggplant parmigiana, knowing full well that my kids would not eat it.
To his credit, Fritz tried it.
Mary liked it. She’s too young to know better.
I tried it.
It tastes much like chicken parmigiana.
I do not care for it.
Why does this surprise me so much?
I LOVE eggplant parmesan so now I know we cannot be long lost twins. When we were stationed in Italy this was my favorite dish, along with Frutta di Mare (pasta with lots of seafood), penne a la Siciliana (penne pasta with eggplant in the sauce), crusty rolls (I would ask for piccolo pane), and those fab pastries filled with chocolate for breakfast.
Now I'm hungry. Road trip anyone?
Love the chicken version, NOT the eggplant. Mostly because it is so much darn work!
Kudos to you for trying it out…
I love Chicken Parmesan but not eggplant at all — go figure. I hope Fritz got a cookie for trying!
I had eggplant parmesan once. It was pretty good – I credit my friend who is Italian and can make it to perfection. I've had someone else make me try it and their version (that they raved about) wasn't even edible IMHO. So, I would not go out of my way to order it when I'm out to eat or even try to make it. Not a fan.
I'm with Michelle on the eggplant, though her SIL makes a mean Chicken Parm.
With eggplant, the important thing is to salt the slices, then weight them down with a heavy object to remove the toxins, according to the 2 little old Italian ladies that I used to take grocery shopping (eggplant is a memeber of the nightshade family.) Don't know how much difference it makes in the flavor.
I love eggplant parmesan, and often order it when we are at a restaurant, since I'm the only one.
I usually like eggplant parm, and we used to do it at least once a month in CA…but since coming here, with a less exciting kitchen, and all the prep and standing over the stove that's required, we don't do it much anymore. My husband is better at it than I am…but it sure is messy.
Good for you all for giving it a try anyhow, that's not terrible.
I'm no fan of chicken parm either, but everyone else here likes it, so I do bite the bullet every so often and make it. Don't care for eggplant at all. I'd much rather have a bowl of linguine with marinara.