eggplant “fries” with marinara dipping sauce {recipe}

by Danica on February 13, 2013

eggplant fries

Sometimes, it’s just good to try something new.

Eggplant is the 2nd new-to-me (fruit or) veggie I’ve bought and eaten so far this year.  And I know I’ll be experimenting with this one again.  The look and feel of it had me a little weirded out at first, but that just goes to show it’s not worth judging something by it’s appearance!

Eggplant “Fries”
with marinara dipping sauce

makes 2-3 servings

ingredients:

  • 1 medium (or 1/2 of a large) Eggplant
  • 2-3 egg whites (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat breadcrumbs*
  • oregano and black pepper (optional)

instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cover a large baking sheet with tin foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • After washing your eggplant, slice it into fry-like shapes.
  • Pour the egg whites into one small bowl, and place your breadcrumbs in another small bowl.  Create an assembly line from the cutting board to the pan.
  • Dip each fry into the egg whites, then the breadcrumbs, then place onto the baking sheet.
  • If desired, sprinkle the fries with black pepper and oregano.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on how crispy you’d like them to be).
  • Enjoy with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping!

*You can replace the whole-wheat breadcrumbs with any breadcrumbs of your choice, OR you can use part almond meal/flour, part breadcrumbs, which is what I did (3/4 cup panko breadbrumbs + 3/4 cup almond meal).

eggplant fries prep

 

eggplant fries ready for oven

 

eggplant fries with marinara dipping sauce

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily L February 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

I’ve been waiting for this recipe- will definitely try it this weekend!

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2 Danica February 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

perfect! You’ll have to let me know what you think of them :)

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3 Jessie February 13, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Thank goodness I have 2 eggplants just sitting in the fridge waiting to be used up :)

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