October 21, 2014

EAT: crispy eggplant fries with honey


I love fried chicken, fried shrimp, and fried sliced potatoes - infamously known as french fries.  There I said it.  I shouldn't but I do. So to balance this love for fried goodness, I'm always looking for alternatives for a low(er) carb meal.  Or you can think of it as, I'm always looking for something to fry! haha. Enter the eggplant fries. Healthier than regular fries? Probably just by a smidgen because it's still fried, but I'll take it.  You can try baking them as well, but I wanted to keep them in "fry" form as much as possible.  This idea of frying lower carb veggies such as zucchinis and eggplant is not a new idea,  you can find various forms of this simple recipe all over the internet as I did! But I've never had an eggplant fry,  let alone try to make it,  so its new enough to me.  


Ingredients: serving size 4 
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1-2 eggs to coat
  • oil for frying
  • 2 medium eggplants
  • salt for seasoning
  • honey


Instructions:
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, dried oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper until thoroughly mixed. 
  2. In another  bowl, crack and beat the eggs until blended. 
  3. In a heavy-bottom medium saucepan, heat at least two inches of oil to about 350F. 
  4. Peel the eggplants and slice into 3/4-inch thick fingers. 
  5. Toss the eggplant slices a few at a time in the seasoned flour until well coated. Then dip in the beaten egg mix. Then dip in more flour. 
  6. When the oil is ready, drop a few sticks of eggplant into the oil – they should begin sizzling immediately. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan or have the oil temperature drop too much. When they begin to brown (about a minute) flip them over and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute. 
  7. Remove the eggplant fries from the oil and let drain on a cooling rack. Serve hot with a shake of salt and a drizzle of honey! Or you can dip in your favorite sauce.  
(recipe adapted from The Hungry Mouse)


This was so easy to make and surprisingly easy to fry, great for kids as a french fry alternative and for boyfriends and husbands too.  :)  And as with all fries, these are best served when hot and crispy. Enjoy! 

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