פּאַטלעזשאַן פרייז

Christmas may be over but the holiday season is still in full swing. Today is Boxing Day, the first day of Kwanzaa and the 6th day (7th night) of Chanukah. Friends and family are still getting together for celebrations and that means more delicious party foods are still needed.

Here’s a great twist on finger foods: eggplant fries. געשמאַק, healthy eggplant made even more delicious and a bit less healthy by breading and frying it into yummy fries.

I used chickpea flour (מיין באַליבט מעל) mixed with a little cornstarch to ensure a crunchy layer protecting the eggplant. Ground flaxseed mixed with water works as a binder for the breading. Any bread crumbs will do. I used gluten-free bread crumbs but if you’re not worried about gluten, go for panko. Spices are added in both layers for lots of flavor.

Eggplant really soaks up oil so I try to use as little as necessary. You could deep-fry these but on the other extreme, you could also bake them. I like the middle road of pan-frying. I make a very fast marinara sauce by cooking up some crushed tomatoes with garlic powder, זאַלץ, דאַר באַסיל, דאַר אָרעגאַנאָ, black pepper and a pinch of red chile flakes. It’s done in 15 מינוט!

My Eggplant Fries are addictive! Creamy, decadent eggplant surrounded by an Italian-flavored crunchy coating. When dipped into marinara sauce, you swear you’re eating eggplant parmigiana. If you’re having company, double the recipe because these will not last long!!

פּאַטלעזשאַן פרייז

ינגרידיאַנץ
1 פּאַטלעזשאַן, פּילד
½ טעפּל טשיקקפּעאַ מעל
1 tsp. קאָרנסטאַרטש
1 tsp. דאַר באַסיל
1 tsp. דאַר אָרעגאַנאָ
1 tsp. פּאַפּריקאַ
זאַלץ און פעפער צו טעם
2 Tbs. ערד פלאַקסיד + 6 Tbs. וואַסער
1 ½ cups almond milk
1 ½ cups gluten-free bread crumbs
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (or vegan grated parmesean)
קאַנאָלאַ ייל פֿאַר פריינג

אינסטרוקציעס
Cut the eggplant into large fries. The easiest way to do this is to cut the ends off the eggplant, peel it, then stand it up. Slice the eggplant length-wise into 1/2″ ברעקלעך. Then lay each piece down and cut it into 1/2″ strips. If you want your fries long, leave them like this. If you want them shorter, cut those strips in half.

Mix the flour, קאָרנסטאַרטש, and spices in a shallow dish. Mix the flaxseed and water into a loose paste. Add it to the milk in a second shallow bowl. לייג די ברויט ברעקלעך, נוטרישאַנאַל הייוון (or grated parm), salt and pepper to the third shallow bowl.

היץ וועגן 2 inches of oil in a pan or skillet. Toss eggplant in the flour mixture, then dip in the milk/flax mixture, then into the bread crumbs.

Fry the eggplant until golden brown, וועגן 2-3 מינוט אויף יעדער זייַט. Transfer to a towel-paper lined plate. Serve with marinara sauce. האַנאָע האָבן!

די “V” וואָרט: זאָגן אים. עסן עס. לעבן אים.

(באזוכט 932 מאל, 1 וויסיץ הייַנט)

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9 רעספּאָנסעס צו פּאַטלעזשאַן פרייז

  1. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס יולי 26, 2013 בייַ 11:12 בין #

    Sure you can, Dawn. When I bake things that I want to be crunchy, I spray them with oil and put a wire cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. That way the bottom of the fries can get heat and breathe. I would think 350 אָדער 375 and eggplant doesn’t take long to cook. Let me know.

  2. dawn k יולי 26, 2013 בייַ 7:02 בין #

    Do you think I could bake these instead of frying? (I know recipes are just never QUITE as tasty when baked instead of fried, but I prefer baking when it’s possible.)

  3. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס יולי 25, 2013 בייַ 12:38 PM #

    זומער! Thank you Perky Persian, איך בין אַזוי צופרידן איר לייקט זיי. I had them tonight!!!

  4. PerkyPersian יולי 25, 2013 בייַ 12:06 PM #

    I love eggplant and this recipe turned out beautifully. Easy to prepare. דאַנק פֿאַר ייַנטיילונג.

  5. אַנאַנאַמאַס יאַנואַר 3, 2012 בייַ 1:19 בין #

    I’ve never had eggplant but this looks like a great place to start! Anything to get more, new veggies in the menu!!

  6. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס דעצעמבער 30, 2011 בייַ 2:39 בין #

    Jen, that sounds delicious too 🙂

  7. Jen דעצעמבער 29, 2011 בייַ 10:00 PM #

    That was really awesome! I did something like this back in October, only I used the eggplant fries in tacos and used a chile powder/cornmeal breading instead.

  8. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס דעצעמבער 28, 2011 בייַ 3:40 בין #

    My husband didn’t like eggplant but now he loves it, even just plain bakes. But if you don’t like it, fried is a good way to introduce yourself to it.

  9. טהאַטוואַסוועגאַן דעצעמבער 28, 2011 בייַ 2:14 בין #

    I’ve never really enjoyed eggplant, but I think I’ll give these a try. They look and sound really good! Perhaps I just haven’t had it prepared in such a yummy way before 🙂


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