Thursday, July 7, 2011

French Fried Eggplant

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. 
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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. 
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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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28 comments:

Bill said...

Hi Ginger,

Thanks for sharing this clever idea and easy-to-follow tutorial! Our local farmers' market has piles of eggplant this time of year. I just noticed the white ones this past Saturday, and wondered if the flavor was significantly different. I think I'll buy some this weekend and give your recipe a try.

Thank you for your visit and kind comment.

Warmest regards,
Bill

bellini said...

Thanks for joining the Blog Hop over at the Cooking Light Supper Club with your eggplant dish. It does sound good!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I can see that these would disappear as quickly as they cool. This is a friday's favorite for sure :-)

Marydon said...

Now this is a first ... & it looks deelish!

Have a great week,
TTFN ~
Marydon

Honey at 2805 said...

I would love to come for dinner!

Lynn Richards said...

Ginger,
Thank you so much for stopping by Blueskies, I sure enjoyed your visit.
I had a great time looking through your posts and thoroughly enjoyed your Aunt's 100th birthday. The quilt was amazing!!
xo
lynn

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Oh! It looks so sooo yummy! You are very creative! It is easy and delish..! Thanks for sharing:)
Also, added a link here.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This looks so good and thanks so much !!! I will be right over for dinner OK. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape so sweet of you.
I also hope you and your lovely family have a Great Weekend.
Diane xxoo

LV said...

Some of may favorite veggies. Wish I lived where I could have your leftovers.

Shelia said...

Hi Ginger! OH, yummy, I love this.
I'm from the south and if it wasn't breaded and fried, we didn't eat it!
I'm going to try this.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh my! We would love these! Probably too much! We are trying to grow egg plant this summer but our garden isn't doing real well.

Thanks for your visit!

Donna

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I love eggplant, but this recipe may just get my boys to love it. thanks for sharing Ginger.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I totally adore eggplant!! Thanks hon, this is great! Can't wait to make it. Love, FABBY

Katherines Corner said...

Okay I never fry anything but.....I'm making these! As soon as our eggplant is ready in the garden we're trying these. they look delish. Big Hugs!

xinex said...

What a great idea, Ginger, looks so good. Thanks for the instructions.....Christine

xinex said...

What a great idea, Ginger, looks so good. Thanks for the instructions.....Christine

Gina said...

I love eggplant so I know how absolutely delicious this is! Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

Blogger is not nice today, I am going to try again to leave a comment. Your eggplant is a favorite veg in this home. I will have to try this recipe, it looks delicious. My sure your grandson never new what hit him.
Have a great weekend.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Emily said...

Blogger is not nice today, I am going to try again to leave a comment. Your eggplant is a favorite veg in this home. I will have to try this recipe, it looks delicious. My sure your grandson never new what hit him.
Have a great weekend.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Sherry said...

Ginger,
These look delicious. I love that it is a alternative to the potato. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Miz Helen said...

Hi Ginger,
I am so excited to meet you. I can't wait to try your French Fried Eggplant, it looks awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and sure hope to see you again real soon!
Miz Helen

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Ginger Sweetie...
Oh my gosh, what a delightful share this morning. I have never tried egg plant, but prepared like this....I am standing right by the skillet with my ranch dressing in hand. Can't wait to give it a try.

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and instructions. I love step by steps. You are a doll to share this morning.

Have a gorgeous day sweetie. Many hugs and much love from Phoenix, Sherry

Pam said...

Great idea. I have never heard of making them into fries, but anything that's fried is good with me!

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Chatty Crone said...

I'm surprised but they look good enough to eat.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Well, I am like your grandson... not a fan of eggplant! BUT, I think I could go for this too! Looks delish! Thanks for sharing this idea, I might try it!
Best,
Gloria

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

P.S. I also think it is really cute that now he wants you to make this for him all the time!
gv

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