Italian Grandma Makes Eggplant Parmigiana


3 large Eggplant
½ Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Salt
1 cup All Purpose Flour (add Salt & Pepper)
5 extra large Eggs
½ cup Vegetable Oil
1 lb shredded Mozzarella
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Chopped Fresh Parsley
Sliced Provolone Cheese (optional)

½ Onion
3 cloves Garlic
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 qts Crushed Plum Tomatoes
4-6 Fresh Basil Leaves
1 tsp Oregano
½ tsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Salt

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Who is this lady?
Gina Petitti was born in 1935 in Faeto, Italy. Her family ran a farm in Italy and she met her husband, Vito, in the same town. In 1970 Gina, Vito, and her 4 children immigrated to America. Gina’s husband passed away in 2012, but she is surrounded by a large family, which includes 9 grandchildren, and lives 5 minutes away from her eldest daughter in New Jersey. Gina spends her time cooking, gardening, and being an active member of her local Church.

Why does she make such large portions?
When she was in Italy, she would cook and bake in such large quantities so she wouldn’t have to take time every day to make food, and instead be able to work on the farm. Many of her recipes can be cut in half or quartered if you choose to try them out!

Why is no one helping her in the video?
Grandma Gina doesn’t want help! Usually, it’s because we will slow her down or not do it “her way.” For the videos we only show her, but when the camera cuts we jump in and help form the cookies or prep for the next step.

Why don’t we buy her a new…?
Grandma Gina has a closet and garage full of new gadgets, spoons, forks, pots, etc… but she doesn’t like them because she is used to doing it with her old tools. She has fun getting her hands dirty!

Who is behind the camera?
Her retired son-in-law films, her daughter helps her prep, and she usually has one or two grandkids in the kitchen.

Does Gina read the comments?
We print out and show her how much love she gets from all her viewers, and she is very thankful and hopes you enjoy her cooking! Your comments bring her lots of joy, laughter, and inspiration to make more videos to share with you.

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Sharon S. says:

YUM YUM Ma Ma MiA !!

Bobbie Maiello says:

This looks so good! I never made it with provolone but I’m going to try that.

Carole Pracitto says:

Oh how I adore you Gina…you are amazing…God Bless your family for respecting you

Claudia Erika says:

Me encantan sus recetas

Andrea Walker says:

This is authentic cooking. Looks so good! You break it down into easy pieces. I might try making this dish again. I like how you out the egg plant in the salted water. I’ve never seen that before. Goods tips and information! Thank you Gina!

Lidna says:

Looks amazing! Thank you.

pgh. phyl says:

you are the greatest; such a beautiful person; i learn something ev.time i watch your videos; thank you; you remind me of a little angel. xoxo

G Ville says:

We love you Gina ! Will be watching all your videos this weekend. Can we come for Sunday dinner ? (Awesome production, please don’t change anything)

Jolanda PB says:

Thank you Mama Gina for all the efford and nice recepies.Bravissimo bravo!!!

Jacquie Fraser says:

Wow, all the extra salt added! That much would hurt my head.

Jennifer Holden says:

What a beautiful lady. X

Vanessa says:

Grandma reminds me of MY family. She is so sweet and I just want to give her a kiss. She is why it’s a BLESSING to be born into an Italian family!!

Ubet says:

Love you…sweet…cute…i watch you with my 2 best friends…

maria c says:

Bravo Gina, hai fatto bene! Ora mi fa fame! Mi piace la canzona della Madonna! Viva Maria, madre del nostro Dio.

Vickie Johnson says:

Thank you so much for showing us how to make these. I love them, but have never made them in my life and I’m sure the ones that I ate aren’t as good as yours, because I got mine at Olive Garden. LOL! I am going to give it a shot and hope I don’t make a mess of them. You are a real pro!

World Citizen says:

Great video and recipe! Thanks for sharing this very special person with us. Saluti!

Vicky Hawblitzel says:

Thank you Nana for showing us two different ways to make this beautiful dish! Now I will make some because of the love you have shared in your cooking, I must smell this in our home too. You have inspired me. Great video.

Jane Jago says:

You have beautiful grandchildren and they are blessed to have you in their lives.

Linda Foley says:

Your so adorable! Love the recipe and can’t wait to make it.

Bezaye Tefera says:

God bless your family grand ma❤❤❤❤

danine56 says:

looks delicious , great video but and i mean but OMG salt , salt , salt .i couldnt use so much

Robert Valentine says:

I think it needs a little more salt.

laila esther Bergaire says:

Brava bravissimo dolce nonnina 🙂 love you love all your reciepes 🙂

kathleen bertoglio says:

I made this today! It was fabulous! Thank you Gina. To go with this dish I made pesto risotto with cherry tomatoes. Delish!

Stella Kim says:

Way too much salt…..

Mayra Rodriguez 76 says:

That looks delicious
God bless you
Thank you for sharing your recipe with us

Black flower says:

Cooking with love!! Thank you so much for your time and sharing.

Fatmira Haxhialiu says:

Oh she make me happy

Marie B. says:

Grandma made me hungry. I had to go to the fridge and pull out some sliced cheese to munch on while watching this!

lawson296 says:

Nonna Gina, I am going to try and make this in the future. You make it look so easy and delicious.

Tosca Pisano says:

Grazie signora. Quando ero piccolina mia madre lo faceva con carne macinata e poi lo metteva su pasta. Era cosi buono.

gary Burright says:

Thank you. You are angel. God Bless.

Christy Poos says:

So sad I can hear most of what is said. Need a miraphone. Looks like what my Sicilian auntie would make. Yum..

Carol Clifford says:

Love watching your videos, especially your singing Gina, very beautiful.

Anna Maria Malig says:

I adore you Mama Gina

Cecilia Brooks says:

God bless your grandchildren I can hear you are so proud of them and I can feel the love you have for your grandchildren thank you for sharing

Ana Ferenczi says:

I like oregano in tomatoes sauce!
God bless you,sweetheart!
Love you!

Jacquie Fraser says:

Never knew I could soak the eggplant in salted water. What a great idea!!!!

light says:

Gina you are adorable! I’m going to make this dish ❤️

Terry Kasparian says:

God bless you and your family . You are an amazing Nona.

nobama no way says:

love her!!!!!!!!!!

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