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Breaded Eggplant with Arugula and Parmesan


Our vegetarian take on veal Milanese is both crisp and tender, with a flavor brightened by lemon. Salting the eggplant helps temper its bitterness.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Johny Miller

Source: Whole Living, September 2012


  • 1 large eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slices
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 large egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups panko or coarse homemade breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup olive oil, for frying
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Arrange eggplant in a large colander and season generously with salt. Let stand 30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

  2. Divide flour, egg mixture, and breadcrumbs among 3 shallow bowls. Dip each eggplant slice, turning to coat and shaking off excess, in the flour, then egg mixture, then breadcrumbs.

  3. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet (oil should be about 1/2-inch deep) over medium heat, and, working in batches, fry eggplant until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes per side.

  4. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Top each cutlet with arugula, Parmesan, and a squeeze of lemon.

Cook's Notes

To check whether the oil is ready, drop in a few breadcrumbs; they should sizzle immediately.

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