Eggplant Parmesan Heros


Eggplant slices breaded in crushed croutons turn this sandwich in to a thoroughly satisfying meat-free meal. When purchasing eggplants, select one that is firm and heavy for its size.

Eggplant Parmesan Heroes
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)

  • 1 cup bottled marinara sauce

  • 1 cup seasoned croutons, crushed

  • cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 4 hero or hoagie buns, split

  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Peel eggplant, if desired; cut eggplant into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

  2. Place marinara sauce in a shallow dish. In a second shallow dish combine crushed croutons and half the cheese. Dip eggplant in marinara and then in crouton mixture; press to coat. Place eggplant on prepared baking sheet. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until breading is browned and eggplant is tender. Remove from oven.

  3. On another baking sheet toast buns for 2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Meanwhile, transfer remaining marinara to a small microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Place eggplant on toasted bun bottoms; top with warm marinara, remaining cheese, and bun tops. If desired, sprinkle with basil leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

423 Calories
9g Fat
73g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 423
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 1011mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 323.1mg 25%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 542mg 12%
Folate, total 149.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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