Eggplant Fries Recipe

Erin C. | The Law Student's Wife Updated

We all love fries, but Eggplant fries are something special. Make this awesome app for your next football party!

This recipe for crispy Eggplant Fries is inspired by the greatest culinary technique I learned in my numerous hours spent watching Food Network’s Chopped: If an ingredient looks suspicious, fry it. 

The majority of my Food Network watching takes place on the elliptical at the gym, which—judging by his puzzled expression—the dude on the elliptical beside me finds strange. Of course, he’s also the only man at the gym on an elliptical, so I think we should each refrain from judgment.

As the primary meal planner and wife of a vegetable skeptic, I feel a sense of duty to sneak vegetables into my husband, Ben’s, diet. Ben regards most greens with the same attitude a person might display prior to swallowing a tablespoon of nasty medicine. Despite his lack of veggie enthusiasm, he devoured Eggplant Fries in less than 30 seconds and returned promptly for seconds. Veggie dreams do come true!

The secret to these baked Eggplant Fries is their cornmeal Parmesan crust. Flavored with garlic and spices, this crust bakes into a crunchy coating that makes the fries positively irresistible. No need for the oily mess, slippery grease spots, and residual guilt that comes along with traditional frying. When roasted at a high temperature, these baked Eggplant Fries are every bit as crispy as their deep fried cousins.

No fry is complete without its dipping sauce. As I shared in my post for Avocado Feta Dip, I take my sauces very seriously; I can’t imagine a more complimentary condiment for our Eggplant Fries than Creamy Basil Dip. A bright, healthy blend of Greek yogurt and fresh basil, you can whip Creamy Basil Dip together in 30 seconds.

Oven baked Eggplant Fries with Creamy Basil Dip take veggies from “chore” to “more”! Enjoy every crunchy, Parmesan-crusted bite.

Drooling over Erin's Eggplant fries and creamy dip? We think you might feel the same about Emily's Feta Cheese Dip Recipe

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Eggplant Fries Recipe

    4 Servings

Ingredients

fries:
  • 1 large Eggplant, about one pound
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Whole Grain Corn Meal, fine or medium grind
  • 1/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Eggs, large
creamy basil dip:
  • 1/2 cup Plain Greek Non Fat Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

Directions

  1. Place rack in upper and lower thirds of oven. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Coat two baking sheets with foil, then lay a wire baking rack on top of each and coat lightly with cooking spray. (This method keeps the fries elevated and ensure they bake to a crispy texture).
  2. Slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch thick rounds, then cut each round into 1/2-inch thick spears. Set aside.
  3. Place the all-purpose flour into a shallow bowl. Beat the eggs in another shallow bowl. In a large plastic bag, combine the cornmeal, whole wheat flour, Parmesan, salt, pepper, onion powder, and cayenne.
  4. Roll the eggplant spears in the all-purpose flour, dip them into the eggs, then place them into the plastic bag with the cornmeal mixture. Seal tightly, then shake the bag to coat the eggplant. Lay each spear side by side on the prepared baking sheet so that they are close but not touching.
  5. Bake fries until golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes, rotating the racks half way through.
  6. While the fries are baking, prepare the dip. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, basil, garlic, pepper, and salt.
  7. Serve the fries with the dipping sauce while the fries are still hot.
 

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Author: Erin C.
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 34
Calories 237

% Daily Value*
7%
Total Fat 4g
0%
  Saturated Fat 0g
18%
Sodium 428mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate 37g
8%
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 4g
23%
Protein 12g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Erin shares such delicious and healthy food on The Law Student's Wife, we couldn't help but ask the same on Food Fanatic. Being Stealthy Healthy is pretty fun - at least, we think so!