Okay... So I have only tried Eggplant twice now. I like trying new veggies and exploring the bountiful choices that are out there. Trying to buy in season can be interesting when you are not sure what to do with that yellow melon that you have never heard of before. The bumpy squash that kind of looks a little scary... What do you do with it?
Well our first dive into eggplant wonderland was not a good one. Okay my dad liked it this way but not many of us did. ;-) We first had my hubby grill the eggplant. Well it turned out mushy and just not... great... My hubby is the king of the grill so for us it was kind of weird. I think that is the only thing he has ever taken off the grill that I didn't like.
So my parents were visiting and we got another eggplant and I tried cooking it this time. I tend to buy new things like that when my dad is here because our tastes are very similar and he will at least try it with me. LOL He grabbed an eggplant at our local produce stand and brought it home. I thought.. why not fry it?
So I ran to the trusty old computer and searched how to fry it. I have seen several that say you have to be careful because the eggplant will soak up the oil and turn it into mush. So this is what I did...
1 cup of bread crumbs
1/4-1/2 cup of fish fry
enough oil to cover the bottom of your pan
Slice the eggplant into french fry type pieces. I cut mine just like I would if I were cutting a potato to make fries. Try to make sure you get them as close to the same size as possible. This will help them cook evenly about the same amount of time. Beat the egg in a bowl and toss the eggplant pieces in the egg. You can put the breading mix in a ziploc bag and shake or you can toss them in a bowl. Heat your pan up for frying and place them in the skillet. Brown on each side and drain them on a paper towel. These tasted so much better to me than the first time we cooked them. I want to try them again only using Parmesan cheese mixed in with Italian bread crumbs !!
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