Sumptuous Fried Eggplant (Vegetarian)

>> Thursday, June 2, 2011

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When I first got married I didn't cook. The kitchen scared me and I avoided it as much as I did growing up. On the very rare occasion that I actually went into the kitchen it was pancakes from a box, muffins from a box, heating frozen foods or making Mexican style scrambled eggs. You may be wondering how my poor husband and I survived, delivery and take out. Eventually that caught up with us and we paid for it with our waistlines. But I still didn't cook, stupid.

During those years my husband occasionally cooked for us. He is a fantastic cook and I loved and still love everything he cooks for me. His scrambled eggs are the best in the world! Some of the foods my husband cooked for us were dishes that he grew up with. His family is from the Midwest and so it was foods like bratwurst, sauerkraut, pierogies, and many other delicious hearty foods. Those foods and dishes were so different from the Mexican foods I grew up with, but you know what ?I have loved everything he has introduced me to. Nowadays I do the majority of the cooking and some of the things I cook are dishes that he used to cook for me. We always joke that our children will grow up eating things like pierogies and bratwurst with salsa, or curry with tortillas. It all sounds funny but we will see.

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One of the food that my husband introduced me to was eggplant. I had never eaten an eggplant before, I don't think they are used in Mexican cuisine? He told me that growing up his mom would slice eggplant, batter it and deep fry it. The first time he made battered fried eggplant I was addicted immediately. I ate so many slices that I could hardly fit the main dish. My husband said his mom served the eggplant as a side dish. He also served it as a side dish to spaghetti. Actually it is spaghetti with slices of eggplant on top the noodles and more spaghetti sauce over the eggplant. This spaghetti with eggplant is unlike any other pasta, perfect as an every day meal but yet sumptuous enough to serve at a dinner party. I now serve it with my "Shpaghetti" spaghetti, recipe is here : What do The Godfather and A Scruffy Terrier Have In Common?

Breaded Fried Eggplant for 2:
1 eggplant
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 or 2 large eggs lightly beaten*

sunflower oil for frying
plate lined with paper towels

* For Vegan version replace eggs with ground flaxseed mixed with water.**

1. Heat oil in a deep heavy pan or skillet. The oil should cover 1/2 inch or 1.5 cm deep. Have a plate covered with paper towels and thongs ready. Cut off the stem and bottom of a clean eggplant. Slice the eggplant into thin coin slices then set aside. In a large bowl combine the breadcrumbs with the spices, set aside. In a separate bowl lightly beat the egg(s) .

2. The oil should come to a heat of 365f or 185c. If you do not have a thermometer then do a test, the eggplant coin should be golden brown in about 4-5 minutes. It is very important for the oil to be warm/hot enough otherwise the eggplant will absorb too much oil. Dip each eggplant slice into the beaten egg, then dredge in the breadcrumbs. Place the breaded eggplant coins in the oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.

3. Place the fried eggplant slices on top of the plate with paper towels to drip off extra oil. Serve right away. Goes perfect with Shpaghetti and a glass of red wine.
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My little family loves battered fried eggplant so much, even my scruffy terrier love its! My puppy is weird and I am not suggesting that you feed your dogs eggplant. Here is the evidence, a bad photo but you get the picture. (No pun intended)
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Cookin' Canuck June 2, 2011 at 11:16 AM  

I can see why you became addicted to this fried eggplant. I'm certain I wouldn't be able to stop eating it, either.

Radhika June 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables and love to eat it anytime. I'd heard of fried eggplants before, but yours really look so good like little eggplant cakes. I'll have to try this in an egg less version.

claudia lamascolo June 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

Your photo's and fido are marvelous these are amazing looking!

Sandra June 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

Man does that look good!

Pola June 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

I love eggplants! This version looks soooo goooood!

Belinda @zomppa June 2, 2011 at 1:56 PM  

So interesting that you swapped roles. That is a the cutest photo!!

Mihaela June 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM  

Nancy, I love eggplant, and yours looks so good! Try the same thing with zucchini, with garlic sauce, very good. Your dog is so cute! :)

Spicie Foodie June 2, 2011 at 2:43 PM  

Thank you girls!! I'm sure you'll enjoy it and end up loving this as much as my family does.

Alina---Explora Cuisine June 2, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

I love fried eggplants, but I usually fry it plain (thin slices) and I add some garlic sauce, it's perfect! Now I'm hungry again :) I'll try your recipe, it looks fabulous!

DessertForTwo June 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

Your fried eggplant is making me wish the eggplant in my garden would hurry up and grow faster! :)

Paaka Shaale June 2, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

Even tough i love egg plants and consume them regularly, I have never deep fried them. Will try your version very soon :)

Erin June 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM  

This sounds wonderful! Love that the Dog is eating it too! Never tried eggplant this way before, but I am sure I will now!

Magic of Spice June 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

This is one of my favorite snacks in the world...right up there with fried zucchini :) Yours looks wonderful :)
P.S. Loved the new column addition of your gorgeous fruit salad!

Claudia June 2, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

I grew up with this. I just planted some eggplant and now I will be dreaming of this recipe until the plants mature! (Smart dog!)

Lizzy June 2, 2011 at 8:53 PM  

I didn't like eggplant growing up, but thank goodness I do now. I'll definitely try this recipe...maybe I'll get my kids on the bandwagon :)

Torviewtoronto June 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

lovely way to eat to eggplant for snacks looks wonderful

Frank June 3, 2011 at 8:22 AM  

I LOVE fried eggplant! My grandmother made a wonderful version of it (mixed with other veggies, too) and it was one of my favorite things to eat as a kid. Funny it is not popular in Mexico, as the plant thrives in hot, dry climates...

alana June 3, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

I love a good slice of fried eggplant,you can serve it with so many different things!

Sandra June 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

I also grow up eating fried eggplant slices. It is one of these dishes that many kids will eat just because it is fried hahaha
Your look divine Nancy, you did fantastic job! Great recipe, presentation and mouthwatering photos!!!

Tiffany June 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

So gorgeous. And family recipes are the best!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 3, 2011 at 3:48 PM  

Mm looks delicious - even eggplant haters must have a hard time resisting this.

Foodiva June 3, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

That picture of your terrier taking a bite of fried eggplant is so precious! Who knew dogs also like this vegetable? I grew up eating eggplants but never fried them in breadcrumbed slices like this. Our Asian eggplants are too skinny to look this sumptuous, but your recipe is so enticing I might dip the skinnies in the crispy batter and try it anyway!

a. maren June 4, 2011 at 10:57 PM  

aw, my mom used to make this too! it is soo good, i just love it! your photos are gorgeous!

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic June 5, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

Ha! I love the photo of your dog eating the eggplant :) It makes my little pup very jealous indeed ...

Roxana GreenGirl June 6, 2011 at 1:12 AM  

my grandma used to makes us fried eggplant slices but plain and later we would dip them in garlic sauce and homemade fresh bread, what a memory..

Your slices look so good, i can understand how it can lead to an addiction.
Thanks for sharing Nancy

Mehjabeen Arif June 6, 2011 at 1:01 PM  

Pictures look so adorable.. just perfectly made..

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spcookiequeen June 6, 2011 at 3:17 PM  

How did I miss this one, fried eggplant are the best. I love them with sauce and of course a little cheese.

Jason Phelps June 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

Right on. Fried eggplant is so tasty!


Chef Chuck June 12, 2011 at 8:33 AM  

Love your Eggplant, but really love that dog!!

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