Oct 232013
 

I never realized how many things you can make “fries” out of.  Obviously I’ve tried potatoes, sweet potatoes (both baked of course), and even zucchini.  Lately I’ve even seen some really crazy ones at restaurants like avocado, watermelon, and polenta fries.  I wasn’t quite daring enough to try one of those, so I decided to go with eggplant.  These non-fried, non-potato fries were probably my favorite yet, and are the perfect healthy(ish) snack, side dish, or game day munchie.  Disclaimer: you do not actually have to watch the game to enjoy these.
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Nutritional Highlights:  Compared to regular fries, we’re already winning big by swapping out the starchy, high-cal potatoes for low cal eggplant.  Plus, we’re not frying them so there goes a lot of the fat.  These do have a little panko-parmesan-herb coating that adds a few of those calories back in, but it’s well worth it.  They’re a pretty low guilt  snack, that is if you can resist eating the whole tray.  Best of luck to you, my friend.
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Baked Eggplant Fries
adapted from Closet Cooking
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What’s in it:
1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch thick ‘fries’ (*removing the skin is optional, it can be slightly bitter but I like it)
1 egg + 1 egg white, lightly beaten
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (whole wheat if possible)
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
optional: red pepper flakes, cuz I put them in almost everything
marinara sauce for dipping

How to make it:
1. Preheat oven to 425 and spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.
2. Set up an assembly line with the egg in one shallow dish and the remaining ingredients (panko-parm-herb mixture) in another.
3. Dip the eggplant fries in the egg and then into the panko-parmesan mixture.
4. Place the eggplant slices on the baking sheet and spray the tops with olive oil spray.
5. Bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
6. Serve with marinara dip and enjoy!
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And a last comment about this recipe…my boyfriend, who adamantly hates eggplant, tried these not knowing the main ingredient and LOVED them.  Score: Eggplant 1, Jeff 0.
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  One Response to “Baked Eggplant Fries”

  1. […] and other summer delicacies as humanly possible. I never thought an eggplant dish could beat the eggplant fries I made last year, but I have to say this might have done it. It’s the perfect mix of sweet […]

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