A twist on your typical french fry, these crispy baked eggplant fries are not only healthy but taste great too. They’re crispy on the outside and soft and tender in the middle, and they’re gluten-free!
Instead of frying the eggplant, this healthier version requires baking them-and might I add that they are baked to crispy perfection.
Healthy, guilt-free fries.
Got your attention?
Good, because these crispy baked eggplant fries are sensational.
I literally cannot wait for the warm weather to arrive, and simultaneously for the eggplant to start growing in our summer garden away-from-home. During the summer months we eat eggplant almost every day. And I’m cool with that, because I love them!
Eggplants have such a delicious, meaty texture-a perfect meat substitution for vegans and vegetarian. Turn them into meatballs, whip up a hearty pasta dish, prepare a healthy party dip, or combine them with lentils in a coconut-curried broth.
However you prepare them, they are delicious since they easily soak up other flavours and lend well to so many recipe interpretations.
Consider roasted eggplant for a moment, if you will. It is absolutely delicious, right?
Now picture roasted eggplant fries. Tender on the inside, coated with crispy breadcrumbs, seasoned with Parmesan cheese, oregano, and a hint of sea salt, and baked to crispy perfection.
These are also easy to make. You really just need to slice the eggplant, coat it with the eggs and breadcrumb mixture then bake it until crispy.
You can also easily change the flavour of these crispy baked eggplant fries by altering the spices used to coat them. I’m thinking next time, I’ll toss them in a curry-cumin spice mix the next time I prepare-which will most likely be tomorrow!
On a side note, if you’ve cooked with eggplants before, you’ll probably concur that they are notorious for being a bit tricky to work with. Cooking eggplant is like cooking a big sponge-they soak up everything!
In fact, the first time I made these I was concerned that they would end up being a soggy mess. On the contrary, they turned our beautifully.
Turns out eggplant make darn good fries!
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!