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Eggplant Parm Bites

 2 medium Witten's eggplants, thinly sliced
 salt to taste
 8 leaves fresh basil, chopped
 15 oz ricotta cheese, drained
 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
 ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
 4 eggs, beaten, divided
 Italian bread crumbs
 Oil for frying
 Marinara sauce for dipping

1. Slice the eggplant and lay out on a paper towel lined baking sheet


2. Generously salt eggplant on both sides and leave to sit for 30 min. to soften and draw out excess moisture


3. Blot off the water and excess salt from the eggplant with additional paper towels


4. In medium mixing bowl add basil, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, and one egg (beaten). Mix together.


5. Picking two equal sized eggplant slices, sandwich about a tablespoon of the ricotta mixture between the slices and place on a wax paper lined baking tray.


6. Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour.


7. In three separate bowls, place the flour, bread crumbs, and the remaining 3 eggs, beaten.


8. Remove eggplant from the freezer and coat each first in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs. Coat once more in egg and a final time in the bread crumbs. Place back in the freezer while you prepare to fry.


9. In a large saucepan, heat oil to 350° F. Fry eggplant in batches, 3 at a time, until nicely browned on all sides.


10. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess oil. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with marinara sauce.