Thursday, October 22, 2009

Parmesan Eggplant Fries

Since the girls have gotten a little older and are flitting in and out spending the night with friends, going to football games, movies and such, A.J. and I have a lot more time to spend with each other. We enjoy leisurely evenings which include cocktails and a late dinners. We're lucky if we sit down to eat by 9:00 PM on a Friday or Saturday evenings. A.J. likes to munch on an appetizer while I'm finishing up the main meal.
Parmesan Eggplant Fries are his number one request and he was appalled last Saturday night when he asked if I had this on my blog and a I told him, "Ummm, I don't think these were ever posted."
To back up a little, his brother stalks my blog and calls on Saturdays to see what I'm cooking. When A.J. reports, his brother asks if I am putting it on my blog. Yes, Gerrard, you have been outed! Gerrard is an outstanding cook, he and I can go on forever talking about recipes. Gerrard was out host last Thanksgiving . I'm hoping we can get the time off to go back to New Orleans for Thanksgiving this year. Click on the Thanksgiving link and don't be too jealous when you see a Cajun Thanksgiving.

Ok back to the eggplant, this is so quick and easy and sinfully delicious...you have to make these tonight!

Heat up vegetable or canola oil to 375 degrees. Peel one eggplant and slice in to spears about the size shown above.



Dip the spears into an eggwash and the dredge through Italian style bread crumbs. Carefully place the breaded spears into the heated oil. These will fry pretty quick.




When the spears begin to brown as show, turn and fry a couple of minutes longer then remove them from the skillet to a paper towel lined platter.



Generously sprinkle the spears with grated parmesan cheese and serve with a side of your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.

This and a nice glass of your favorite dry red wine, and dinner....who needs dinner?


35 comments:

Queen B. said...

OOOOOOOOOO MY GOSH, THAT LOOKS DIVINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cathy said...

Yum! I'd serve those with a garlic aioli :)

sherri said...

Perfect! Great idea.

Swampechaun said...

This is such a fantastic recipe and I want you to know I'm sharing it with everyone I know.

TavoLini said...

I don't need dinner :) Just a platter of those!

Mary said...

A very nice way to use eggplant. I, quite shamefully, love anything that is breaded and fried.

Lea Ann said...

I just want to thank A.J. for reminding you to post this. Looks fabulous and I will give it a try.

I did take a visit to your Cajun Thanksgiving post. Wow. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and your celebration looked wonderful.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

First timer here. Wonderful blog and you are making me hungry. It's only 5 AM over here and I want your eggplant fries for breakfast.

Dawn said...

love your creativity girl! ^5!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I love fried eggplant. Will definately have to give yours a try.

Ramona

Debbie said...

Oh what a great way to eat eggplant. I've never made or heard of these...Thanks!

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

yum! my mom used to make these into rounds and call them "eggplant cookies.' they were my fave! love the fry shape!

Cheryl said...

Wow, I have never heard of such a thing, I have never touched an Eggplant but I think I better try! p.s. what a Thanksgiving spread, YUM!

justjoycee said...

I have been stove top grilling a lot of eggplant lately....I will surely try this recipe....looks delicious!

Pam said...

Yum...those look really tasty!

Steph said...

This look so good! I love eggplant so much.

Cairo Typ0 said...
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Cairo Typ0 said...

Those look really good! I swear i can smell them. Plus they're healthy. Love it!! :)

gigi said...

Yeah, now that is a great appetizer, yum! I love it that you're here today :)

The Blonde Duck said...

These look fantatic!

5 Star Foodie said...

Fabulous idea to make eggplant fries, love it!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love it! Eggplants are one of my favourite fruit/veggies.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Lovely Katerine. I wish my husband liked eggplant. His entire family tries and tries to get him to like it. I've given up, but I know my guests would love your recipe.
Sam

Marjie said...

We've always been late diners. I guess that I don't like to eat before the sun goes down, and I don't like to feel like I'm rushing my day to an end. Gerrard outing you is why I don't tell anyone about my blog; then they can't pester me about why I did or didn't write something!

The Diva on a Diet said...

I agree, no need for dinner, I'd rather have the tasty snack ... especially these fries. Yum!

Off to check out your Thanksgiving link ... its almost here!

tamilyn said...

I'm writing this down for my sister. She is a HUGE eggplant fan!

buffalodick said...

Battering and frying unconventional stuff is really catching on! Sounds tasty...

Wandering Coyote said...

This is a great idea! Even I'd eat eggplant if it were deep-fried!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a tasty treat! They look amazing! I could just eat a big plate of those for dinner and be very happy!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

I had never thought of making eggplant fries. these sound delish!

Marguerite said...

Love eggplant fries! My son is a chef and prepares them at work. But, with the parmesan, even better yet!!
Your fabulous Thanksgiving post blew me away!

Mary said...

Yum! This has always been one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant - so good!!

I loved your muffuletta guest post you did over at My Year on the Grill while he was on vacation. Great job and loved the history too!

Joanne said...

Oh wow. This is absolutely hands down why I need a deep fryer. Or the guts to shallow fry something over my stove. All that hot oil makes me nervous though.

So sweet that you guys get to spend more time together!

Pam said...

You know I don't think I've ever had eggplant fried. Perhaps...I would like it better then!

Katy ~ said...

I LOVE eggplant. This looks too good. Breaded and fried, oh my, I am just as happy as I can be!