Eggplant Parmesan, when you read or hear it you may perhaps think of a sandwich or a layered lasagna like casserole.
The truth is that Eggplant Parmesan (Melanzane alla Parmigiana) is a side dish! I was surprised to find this out seeing that my experience in every Italian restaurant I went to, it was presented as a meatless entree accompanied with pasta.
Think of it as a casserole similar to the American vegetable cheese bakes that we find.
The beautiful thing about Eggplant Parmesan is that it may be prepared in many forms; it may be layered and baked like Lasagna or in ramekins as an individual portion. No mater what way you make it, you most likely have your own family favorite way to prepare Eggplant Parmesan.
With that said, I decided to prepare and taste five versions--each different in its own way. I suggest reading them all and then choose one that interests you!