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Fried Garden Eggplant

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20140903_182912Despite the odd growing season we have harvested a few sicilian eggplants and what’s better than breading and frying them? (Ok, well my vote was to roast eggplant slices in the oven, but someone may have convinced me to do otherwise). I just picked a few more eggplants so I will totally win the next round! Regardless, the breading method used here made a really crispy coating and the eggplant was deliciously creamy and tender on the inside. We served it with some tomato sauce and pasta and garlic bread on the side (hello carbs!)

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  • There are a few steps to breading the eggplant as you have to dip into the flour mixture, then into the breadcrumbs to coat. Make sure to give yourself a bit of counter space and set up an assembly line to make for quick work!
  • To prevent finger clubbing, use one hand to dip into the wet mixture and transfer to breadcrumb plate, and use your other hand to coat with the breadcrumbs.
  • You can peel the skin if you aren’t a fan or if it seems particularly thick. The skin was left on here.
  • The eggplant slices were salted first for this recipe. Since these tasted really delicious, and had a lovely silky texture, I can’t vouch for making these with unsalted eggplant and getting the same result. The salting also helps the eggplant to absorb less oil.
  • The leftovers are great in sandwiches for lunch the next day with your favourite fixings!

Ingredients

1 medium sized eggplant, cut into 1/4″ slices

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup almond milk plus 2-3 tablespoons
1/4 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

2 cups breadcrumbs
2 tbsp finely chopped herbs (parsley, chives & basil worked great)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

vegetable oil for frying

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1) Place your eggplant slices in a colander and salt each side generously. After about 30 minutes, pat each eggplant slice with paper towels to remove the moisture that has been seeping out.

2) Combine flour, almond milk and seasonings in a shallow bowl or plate so that you have a bit of a thin paste. It should be thick enough to stick to the eggplant and coat it in a thin layer – add more almond milk if necessary to thin it out slightly.

3) Combine breadcrumbs, herbs and salt and pepper in a separate bowl or plate.

4) Working with one eggplant slice at a time, dip into the flour mixture first and then into the breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs should stick easily.

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5) Heat a large frying pan over medium heat with about an inch of vegetable oil. The oil should be hot but not smoking – you can test your oil by taking some breadcrumbs and putting them into the oil. It should sizzle!

6) Put your breaded eggplant slices into the pan without overcrowding – 3 or 4 at a time is likely what you will fit. Fry until golden brown on both sides.

7) Place fried eggplant slices on a cooling rack placed on top of a cookie sheet while you continue frying the rest. This can be placed in an oven at 350 F to keep them warm and crispy and the cookie sheet will catch any excess oil. (You can also pat the excess oil with paper towels if you wish)

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8) When you are done frying all of the eggplant, serve immediately topped with some home made tomato sauce or eat as is.

Makes 8-9 slices

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5 thoughts on “Fried Garden Eggplant

  1. Wow! This looks delicious. I sometimes dislike the texture of eggplant in recipes, but I’ve never tried salting it the way you described. I’m going to try this because I think it will solve the problem and it just looks so yummy!

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    • I hope you like it this way! I never used to bother salting the eggplant first and would feel the same way about not always loving the texture. Since I’ve gotten into the habit of doing so it really does make a difference!

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  2. This looks so good! We’re still getting eggplant in our CSA, and it almost always gets fried. Yum!

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  3. Crumbed eggplant – looks great! Eggplant parmigianas are quite a popular vegetarian alternative at pubs here, I’ve never made anything like it at home though.

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    • you could use this eggplant recipe, then top with tomato sauce and some grated veg cheese and pop it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 for an easy at home eggplant parm! we actually used the leftovers with a bit of sauce and ‘cheese’ and baked them to reheat and had sandwiches the next day. very yummy!

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