A Family Favorite!
If your family doesn't like this!
Serve them this!
A year or so ago, my teenage grandson wouldn't even try eggplant. His mom and I served him FF Eggplant and he didn't even know he was eating eggplant. Now it is one of the dishes I have to prepare when I am visiting him or vice versa.
Peel and slice into Julienne or regular french fry sizes.
I used three different types of eggplant. Regular (purple) striped and white. We mixed them to see if we could discern the different tastes. The white is milder but we couldn't tell a difference with the striped. We liked the slightly stronger and unique taste.
I normally cut julienne style but my daughter likes the thicker cut.
This batch was sorta mixed.
Once cut, soak in cold for water about 10 minutes.
Drain and lightly dry with paper towels.
Place flour and seasonings in a gallon size, plastic zip bag. Place small batches in plastic bag, shake to coat and set aside.
I like to finish this step earlier and place in the fridge to allow coating to adhere (this prevents excess flour from collecting in the bottom of the frypan). This also makes the cooking process go faster as there is a crowd gathered to eat as you are serving up.
Cook, small batches, in two inches of canola oil on medium to high heat until golden brown (usually about three to four minutes). A deep cast iron is skillet is best.
THEN SERVE UP THE LOVE!
Best if eaten immediately. Can be served as an appetizer or a side dish. We are usually eating the batches as they come off the stove.
You have a unique, satisfying treat for the taste buds that will have your guests asking for more. Smaller cuts are crispier and of course larger cuts are a little meatier with a soft center.
JULIENNE/FRENCH FRIED EGGPLANT
Two or three medium sized eggplant
2/3 cup all purpose flour
Seasonings to taste:
Pepper, red pepper, italian seasonings, garlic powder. Occasionally I use a small bit of old bay seafood seasoning (Savannahians love that taste). I salt after cooking.
I believe you can use your favorite combination of seasonings for a special treat.
Follow instructions as above.
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