Monday, February 27, 2012

Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries

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I love fried eggplant fries, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for the calories OR the hassle that comes with deep frying...

...so this oven-baked version is the next best thing! 



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Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries

Preheat oven to 400.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper  (Directly on the sheet would be fine too but I prefer using the paper.)

Slice your eggplant into very thin strips. (I used 2 baby eggplants)

Whisk two egg whites in a medium-large bowl.

Add 2 cups panko, 1 cup plain bread crumbs to a Ziploc bag and shake. (I also added 2 tsp. garlic powder and hefty pinch of Cayenne pepper, but you can season how ever you like...)

Place a handful of your raw eggplant fries into the bowl with the egg whites and coat well.

Place egg white coated eggplant fries into the panko/bread crumb mixture and shake all around to coat the fries with the mixture.

Place your coated eggplant fries onto your pan (not overlapping) and cook about 10-12 minutes, or until browned and crispy. 

Once out of the oven, sprinkle with kosher salt.

Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce (i.e.: Marinara Sauce, Ranch Dip or a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce....)

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21 comments:

Blog is the New Black said...

Since I love asparagus fries, I have to assume I'd love these, too!

Toby said...

Cute,... and sexy. Not a combination you usually associate with something pear shaped. But I'm loving these fries!

MyFudo™ said...

Unique and exciting...They'll never guess what this is. I am definitely into this.

Kevin said...

I like the sound of baked eggplant fries!

Jenn said...

I love how so many things covered in panko and baked can be just as good as it's deep fried counterpart! These look fantastic!

Mrs. Measurement said...

What a great idea, I've never tried eggplant fries before. But I love Eggplant.

Aarthi said...

Yummy recipe..bookmarked

Aarthi
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Carolyn Jung said...

I bet even folks who swear they hate eggplant would love this. After all, who can resist anything made into fries? ;)

Carolyn McCaffrey Stalnaker said...

Thanks all! They can be reheated too, to "recrisp" if you can't eat them all in one sitting, but that's highly unlikely! :)

Don't forget the dipping sauce...depending on the one you pick determines the entire experience! Marinara is like eggplant parm fries and creamy lemon dill gives them a fresh and light Greek twist.

Kerry said...

These look great! In the Spanish region of Andalucía, fried eggplant drizzled with honey is a very traditional tapa. It would be great to try the baked version. Thanks!

Karen said...

We aren't a very eggplant-loving house, but you make it look pretty darn good here. May have to revisit...

Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie) said...

Why didn't I think of this? Great idea.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Okay this recipe will be my last ditch effort to get my husband to like eggplant. And if he doesn't well...let's just say I fear for our future.

Grace said...

Love Eggplant, but what's 'panko' and what can it be substituted for?

Carolyn McCaffrey Stalnaker said...

Thanks all!

@Grace - Panko are "Japanese bread or really rice crumbs." They are especially crunchy and much coarser in texture than a regular bread crumb.

Panko is becoming much more popular and easy to find! I guess a good substitute would be something like cracker crumbs or crunchy flat bread crumbs.

Anyone else have any good ideas for a Panko substitute?

Grace said...

Thanks Carolyn, now that I have an idea I can maybe find it at Asian grocers or use rice crackers to make crumbs ! Can't wait to try them out :)

Carolyn McCaffrey Stalnaker said...

you're welcome :) Hopefully you can find them, they're wonderful!

I was also thinking a good substitute might be crushed up Corn Flakes or RICE CHEX cereal... Good Luck!!!

Erin said...

Just catching up after being offline.... These are amazing! I have never tried them, but cannot wait! YUM!

Tabitha said...

These were easy to make and delicious. Healthy and less messy than the fried version too, which is a plus.

A dipping sauce (of your choosing) really adds to the dish.

Anonymous said...

We have a local restaurant serving the deep fried version...too greasy but their horseradish sauce is to die for. I will try these. Thanks!

PC Kathy said...

Anyone have the recipe for the creamy lemon dill Sauce? Sounds amazing!