Eggplant Fries

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This is a sophisticated twist on traditional French fries.  I usually avoid frying foods since all of the splattering oil is often a messy endeavor.  However, when I found myself with one too many eggplants on hand and a craving for French fries, I broken out my splatter screen and set to work.

You can serve the fries with traditional ketchup but to make this dish a truly Mediterranean experience serve them with a spicy pepper avjar and watch them disappear.

EGGPLANT FRIES

1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into 2-inch sticks (about 2 cups)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups canola oil

Coarse salt for sprinkling

  • Place the eggplant sticks in a large colander and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet set over high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, working in batches, add the eggplant by the handful to the oil.  Fry until the eggplant is golden brown, 3-4 minutes.  Remove the fries from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain onto paper towels.  Allow the oil to return to a high temperature before adding a new batch of eggplant.
  • Sprinkle the fries with coarse salt and serve immediately.

Serves: 2

Coarse salt

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One thought on “Eggplant Fries

  1. Aruna Panangipally October 23, 2013 at 02:01 Reply

    I absolutely love these. Quite popular with the Bengalis in India. They call it Baigun Bhaja, or fried brinjal.

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