Steve Schirripa

Sopranos Star Steve Schirripa Dishes on Podcast Success and Mouth-watering Food

Actor, producer, author, voice artist and now popular podcast host Steve Schirripa is commonly known for portraying the tough guy; however, after speaking with him recently we found out that in real life Steve is a sweet guy with a heart of gold. The Sopranos star along with cast member Michael Imperioli is the host of the very popular podcast Talking Sopranos. Each podcast they revisit an episode of the award winning show. In addition they also occasionally include guest stars. 

Steve told Weener Mag that he’s thrilled with the success of the Sopranos podcast which now reaches millions of listeners. When he’s not working on CBS’s Blue Bloods or hosting his podcast Steve enjoys grilling. Especially sausages and hot dogs. Of course, this native New Yorker also enjoys classic Italian food. Steve requested that we share his eggplant parmigiana recipe with our readers. 

Schrippa's Eggplant Parmigiana

Schirripa's Eggplant Parmigiana

Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups flavored/seasoned bread crumbs
  • Tomato sauce (recipe follows)
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cups Pecorino Romano cheese

Tomato Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes with their juices, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Start by cutting the top and bottom off the eggplant. Cut it into 1/8-inch slices. Whisk 2 eggs with 1/4 cup milk. Lay out 3 cups of bread crumbs on paper towel.

In a large skillet, heat 1/2 cup oil. Take each piece of eggplant and dip in the egg wash, then in bread crumbs and make sure to completely cover each piece with bread crumbs, and then fry in hot oil. Brown each slice of eggplant. Occasionally change the oil; you don’t want to continue cooking eggplant slices with burnt loose bread crumbs. Place fried eggplant on paper towel to absorb some of the oil. Slice the fresh mozzarella.

Line the bottom of an 11 by 9 inch glass pan with a layer of sauce. Place a layer of eggplant, followed by slice of mozzarella, a heaping layer of sauce, then sprinkle with a layer of Pecorino Romano cheese. Repeat, and stack about 3 to 4 eggplants high. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes. You know it’s ready when the sauce bubbles and the cheese is melted.

Tomato Sauce
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan over medium heat until it becomes fragrant. Mix the garlic with 1 teaspoon water and carefully add this to the warm oil. Saute the garlic and cook without browning it. Add the tomatoes, bring it to a boil, and then reduce the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the basil, salt and sugar, and simmer 5 more minutes. Just before serving, blend in the last tablespoon of olive oil.

About the contributor

Steve Schirripa and Willie
Steve and Willie grilling Feltman’s Hot Dogs

Steve’s closest pal is his adorable dog Willie the Wiener (how appropriate!). Willie is a celebrity in his own right. He even has his own Instagram account. 

Steve also supports the Robert Luongo ALS Fund. Robert, a Harvard graduate, was diagnosed in 2000 with  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (“ALS”) more commonly  known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He lost his battle with the disease on March 17, 2004 at the young age of 49. Learn how you can become involved here:

Check out Steve as Anthony Abetemarco on CBS’s Blue Bloods on Fridays at 10pm.

For sure listen to the Talking Sopranos podcast:

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