Some of you might not know much about eggplants. But they are a vegetable (actually a fruit) , that are sometimes pushed to the side. They fall in the same family as tomatoes and potatoes.
The ones you received in your bags this week are the dark purple, teardrop shape (some might of gotten the long purple ones). The teardrop eggplant are the more common ones. We also grow and you might see in future bags Asian eggplant that are long, purple & thin; small ones that are white & purple, teardrop eggplant that are white & purple and round ones that are dark & light purple.
The raw fruit can have a somewhat bitter taste, but becomes tender when cooked and develops a rich, complex flavor.
There are many different recipes with Eggplant, most common is eggplant parmesan. I decided to find a recipe that is a little different and I have enjoyed over the years for Eggplant Fries. (Unfortunately I am away for the week, so I can’t make them myself, but I have the recipe below for you all to try and the link to the blog it came from!) Try this recipe out and let me know what you think! They definitely take on a different taste then you would think and are delicious!!
Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries with Marinara Dipping Sauce (aka Eggplant Parmesan Fries!)
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 20 minutes Servings: 2
Healthy baked eggplant parmesan ‘fries’ in a crispy panko breadcrumb and parmesan coating that are perfect for snacking!
- 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch thick ‘fries’
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dredge the eggplant slices in the flour, dip them in the egg and then into a mixture of the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan, thyme salt and pepper.
- Place the eggplant slices on a wire rack on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 425F/220C oven until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes.
Received this recipe from: http://www.closetcooking.com/2012/09/crispy-baked-eggplant-fries-with.html?m=1
Hope you all have a great week! Let me know if you try these fries! I may also have some other recipes this week from some of our workers to share!
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