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According to Rach, these eggplant stacks are a time- and calorie-saver from traditional Italian-American eggplant Parm, which involves breading and frying. Here, the eggplant slices are simply tossed with seasonings and roasted, then layered with tomato sauce and cheese before baking. Rach finishes the stacks with hot honey (a mix of honey and Calabrian chili paste) and chopped fresh parsley. YUM!
Pro Tip from Rach: Hot honey is her favorite ingredient for pizza and this dish. She also loves to serve it with cheese. When making it, note that the honey pours easier if you warm it first.
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Slice the eggplant into discs about ½ to 3/4 inch thick and lightly score one side of each disc with a cross hatch. Season the discs with salt and add to large bowl. Dress with ½ cup EVOO and the dried parsley, granulated garlic and onion, fennel pollen and red pepper, toss, then place on a baking sheet lined with foil and parchment. Roast 20 to 25 minutes.
Heat a pan with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, and melt butter into it over medium to medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir 1 to 2 minutes, add tomatoes and basil and season the sauce with salt. Simmer sauce 20 to 25 minutes to allow the tomatoes to break down.
Combine the honey and hot pepper paste in a squeeze bottle.
Add a layer of sauce to the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange a single layer of eggplant and top with a little sauce, mozzarella and Parm, then more eggplant, more sauce, and more Parm. Add remaining eggplant, sauce, mozzarella and Parm, bake until brown and bubbly, then garnish with hot honey and parsley.