Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

Football season is in full swing and I am soaking up every single minute of it. I generally cheer on my San Diego Chargers with a Bloody Mary in one hand and and a Soft Pretzel in the other, but this past weekend I was feeling inspired and dreamt up an original creation: Eggplant Parmesan Sliders.

Did you notice the perfectly circular eggplant patties? Those bad boys weren’t an accident, as all my fellow obsessive compulsive cooks can attest to the sense of satisfaction derived from stacking circular patties atop circular buns. No overhang. No excess. Just geometric glory.

Top off the patties with homemade tomato sauce and a slice of fresh, melted mozzarella and you just scored a touchdown with carnivores and vegetarians alike.

Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

 

Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

Yield: 18 to 20 sliders

Prep Time: 1 hour (includes draining time)

Cook Time: 5 min

Ingredients:

2 medium eggplants (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups Italian-style breadcrumbs
1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into rounds
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 cups tomato sauce, store-bought or homemade
2 dozen brioche slider rolls

Special Equipment: 3-inch round cookie cutter

Directions:

Slice the eggplants lengthwise into ½-inch thick slices, then use the cookie cutter to cut out two rounds from each of the slices.

Place the eggplant rounds in a colander and toss them with 1½ teaspoons salt. Let them drain in the colander over a bowl in the sink for 45 minutes to remove excess moisture.

Bread the eggplant rounds in batches by coating them in the flour, then the eggs and then the breadcrumbs.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough oil to liberally coat the bottom of the pan. Pan-fry the breaded eggplant rounds in batches for 2 to 3 minutes, flipping them once until both sides are golden brown. Remove the cooked eggplant rounds and immediately transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. Continue the pan-frying process, changing the oil as necessary, until all of the rounds are cooked.

Halve the brioche slider rolls and add 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce to the bottoms of the rolls. Stack an eggplant round atop the sauce, top it with another tablespoon of sauce and a piece of sliced mozzarella. Repeat the assembling process with all of the buns, transferring them to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Turn your broiler to high and carefully slide the cookie sheet under the broiler just long enough until the cheese melts. Immediately cap off the sliders with the tops of the buns and serve.

Kelly's Notes:

Chop up the discarded eggplant from the cutouts and roast it for a simple side dish, or use it to make Pasta Arrabiata with Roasted Eggplant.

Comments

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    Noma says

    Oh my gosh!! Your photos are mouthwatering! These look delicious. What a wonderful twist on the usual sliders! Thanks so much, Kelly. You are an inspiration!

    • Kelly replied: — October 7th, 2011 @ 2:03 am

      Thank you, Noma!

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    says

    Yum!! I’m a total sucker for eggplant parm and these sliders look amazing. Thanks for the inspiration for some great party food.

    • Kelly replied: — October 5th, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Tara! These sliders would indeed make exceptional party food. Enjoy!

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    angelitacarmelita says

    I LOVE eggplant, and I eat it every week in some form or another. But this is the cutest idea ever! Can’t wait to see my BUCS fans go, huh?

    • Kelly replied: — October 5th, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

      Thank you! I was worried serving these to a crowd of carnivores, but they went nuts. Breaded eggplant (topped with melted cheese) is the ultimate meat substitute!

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    says

    Oh my! These look heavenly, but can I just tell you how much I appreciate the geometric perfection? A lot! Also, that photo of them frying? Love. :)

    • Kelly replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

      Thank you, Kamran! How did I know that you and I would both appreciate the geometric perfection :)

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    says

    These look AMAZING. I definitely need to try making them, they look super delicious!! :)

    • Kelly replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Sara! They were a lot of fun to make and a great easy appetizer.

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    says

    I knew it! It is impossible to create those perfect patty circles without the aid of the cookie cutters. I will be using my cookie cutters too. I am excited to create heart and star shaped patties too…

    • Kelly replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

      Heart-shaped cookie cutters is a fantastic idea! Let me know how they turn out!

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    says

    Oh yeah! I need to make this, it’s calling my name. I just had breakfast and I’m full, but still crave this slider. Can you tell how much I like it?!

    • Kelly replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

      I know the feeling :)

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    says

    This is a great recipe!!! We have a food share from a local farm, and they always have a lot of eggplants. My wife and I are always looking for ways to cook the eggplants we get from the farm. This recipe will help us use all our eggplants.

    Also, I think that the eggplant disks could frozen after cooked for the future.

    Tim

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    says

    Wow – this recipe totally changes my mind about eggplants! Sadly it has been one of the less common vegetables I incorporate into my meals..but this recipe will probably change everything. I thought those were cutlets in between the buns! Thank you for this, I can’t wait to try it out :)

    • Kelly replied: — October 6th, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it, Kimberly! I am only a recent convert to eggplant, but I’m so glad I’ve started experimenting with it more in my kitchen, as I’ve found it has endless uses!

  10. 12
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    says

    Eggplant and I have become fast friends over the past couple of years. I’d love to convert my kids, and these sliders might just do the trick. Or, perhaps I could break out the cookie cutters and just serve them without the bread, just sauced and with melted cheese….

    Hmm…you’ve given me some great ideas! Thanks. :)

    • Kelly replied: — October 9th, 2011 @ 12:42 am

      Thanks, Jennifer! And I love the idea of the bun-less patties with cheese – so many options for fun shapes!

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    says

    Kelly, these are awesome! Eggplant parmesan is one of my favorites, and this is a great twist! I had such a great time in Nashville speaking with you and getting to know you! You are awesome!

    • Kelly replied: — October 10th, 2011 @ 1:05 am

      I had the absolute best time getting to speak with you at FBF! I’m so glad we could finally meet in person and I am so excited to stay in touch!

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    says

    You had me at eggplant…I love these! We are going to have to make these soon! So good to see you this past weekend…we need to hang out more often.

    • Kelly replied: — October 11th, 2011 @ 11:37 am

      So great seeing you in Nashville, Julie! Looking forward to Orlando :)

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    says

    Ogh, this is such a good idea. One of my favorite dishes is eggplant parm – there’s an Italian place here in KC that makes THE BEST. Learned from their Italian grandmothers, naturally.

    • Kelly replied: — October 27th, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

      Would love to make it out to KC to try it! Eggplant parm, not surprisingly, is also one of my favorite Italian dishes. Who needs meat when you’ve got deep-fried veggies?!

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    says

    Totally obsessing over your blog!
    Every recipe looks to die for.
    Can’t wait to try these all. I’m a sucker for a good parmesan, and a slider? You had me at hello.

    • Kelly replied: — December 5th, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

      Welcome,Rachel! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy these Eggplant Parmesan Sliders :)

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    says

    These are adorable and look delicious. TY! My only question is what you do with the left over eggplant (or did I miss that in your post)? Do you do something creative with it or not?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — March 23rd, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

      Thanks, Lea! I usually take all of the leftover eggplant, chop it up into bite-size pieces, toss it with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast it at 350F until tender. Eat as is, or stir into marinara for a heartier sauce!

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    These were deeeeeeeelicious! Not complicated *at all* to make, and actually kind of fun! Even my spectacle family members thought they were good-though the 14-yr-old brother got a little tired of the eggplant, but hey. He’s a teenage guy. He still ate at least 3 or 4 ;) These are definitely worth trying and I’m sure if it was a demand, chicken wouldn’t be hard to substitute in!
    Thanks a million for such a great recipe!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — January 11th, 2014 @ 11:30 pm

      Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kim!

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    says

    These look great. I bet you could use Asian eggplants, and just slice them, no need to use a cookie cutter, maybe just peel them b/c the skin can be kind of tough. What do you think? I have to try this recipe.

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    Chelsea says

    I should have sliced the eggplant like you did before cutting out the circles… I felt bad about wasting so much of it.

    But- What a delicious recipe! It was SO GOOD. Definitely adding this to the meal rotation. Thanks for sharing!

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    says

    Hi Kelly,

    This is amazing spin on eggplant. Genius! I love it. I am gonna try it. Thanks for sharing.
    Best,
    Devi

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — May 18th, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Devi!

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