This is the kind of dish that you can impress your classy friends with. Eggplant has an air of sophistication to it, I think.
Eggplant parmesan is always a crowd pleaser, and since it uses many of the same ingredients as traditional chicken parmesan, they can be made at the same time to accomodate mixed company.
I’ve pared this recipe down to six essential ingredients, all of which you probably already have in the kitchen, with the exception of the eggplant. It can, though, be spruced up in a number of ways. The sauce is a big deal with eggplant parm, and I sometimes like to add spinach to my sauce of choice. Ricotta cheese also makes a great addition, but it isn’t necessary by any means for an enjoyable meal.