This Gluten Free Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan will have everyone thinking you spent all day in the kitchen. Perfect for easy entertaining!
One of my husband’s favorite dishes is Eggplant Parmesan.
This is surprising because he is a total meat guy.
Typically, I make it only four or five times a year, because…it’s a process.
My traditional recipe requires either baking or frying the eggplant before it goes into the casserole.
I adore my slow cooker, so a few weeks ago when he asked for it, I started thinking – would it be possible to make Eggplant Parmesan that resembled my traditional dish in my slow cooker? Was it even possible that Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan could taste anything like the original?
I wasn’t entirely convinced it would work, but when organic eggplant went on sale, I decided to give it a try.
I am thrilled to report that it was a smashing success.
This is perfect for the occasions when you are called to entertain and need a dish that just looks and tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen.
One thing you want to keep in mind when making this is that the time it takes to cook will depend largely on how thick you cut the Eggplant. I recommend tasting it at about 6 hours and if you have cut too thick turning it up to high until it is cooked through.
- 4 pounds of eggplant
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1 1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
- 3 ounces Parmesan cheese or vegan Parmesan
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning.
- 4 cups marinara sauce
- 16 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded Daiya
- Peel eggplant and cut into 1/3 inch rounds. Layer in a colander, sprinkling each layer with salt. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and then pat dry. (If you aren’t a fan of salt you can rinse and pat.)
- Spread 1/2 cup of sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Whisk together the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. Stir together breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in a separate bowl. Dip eggplant in egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs. Layer 1/3 of the slices in the slow cooker. Top with 1 cup sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers two more times. Cook on low for eight hours.