Then they moved :( and some new neighbors moved in...well actually, there was another guy in between, but he was always was gone. So we were excited when new neighbors moved in that were about our age. After months of "let's do dinner!" promises, we finally squared away a date.
Of course with new friends though, it's a gamble trying to figure out what they will like to eat, or not like to eat. I settled on some eggplant parmesan. It's a good dish that lots of people like. I've played around with different types of eggplant parmesan. It takes a while to cook it if you sautee each piece of eggplant, and honestly it just gets too soggy. The thing about eggplant is that it will soak up all of that oil. Kind gross in my opinion. I've also tried cooking it just dredged in panko and egg and just cooking it like that. Still too soggy.
So this time I decided to bake the eggplant dredged in panko and egg before putting it in the casserole. The result? Light, fluffy and extremely satisfying eggplant parm. Everyone really loved it and I think it may be the winning recipe for eggplant parm going forward. Also, health-wise, it's pretty good. Win-win!