Baked Eggplant Crisps

September 9, 2012

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Baked + Crispy Eggplant | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comI love eggplant, but get stuck making it the same old way; roasted and then mixed with pasta and lemon, gratin (way too many calories), and grilled then made into ratatouille. Inspiration for this delicious side dish was found on Jenni’s facebook wall and I immediately went to her website for the recipe.

I had an eggplant on hand and this was just what I needed to complete my Friday night meal. Fresh cod baked in parchment, a cabbage salad, and crunchy, crispy eggplant created a better ending to a not so great week.

Baked + Crispy Eggplant perfectly good all on it's own | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comI warmed the last four up for Saturday’s lunch, topped them with a bit of marinara, and a slice of fresh mozzarella. Baked them in the oven for about 8 minutes. Along with an ice cold glass of green tea and some left over cabbage salad – I could not have been happier. With a little prep, this dish takes no time to make and is happily being filed into my “easy weeknight meals” folder!

Baked Eggplant Crisps
original recipe here
yield: 6 servings

ingredients:
1 large eggplant
5 ounces | 140 grams | 1 cup oat flour
5 ounces | 140 grams | 1 cup gluten free Panko crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
Celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

instructions:
• slice eggplant in 1/4″ slices. place eggplant slices on a rimmed baking sheet. liberally, sprinkle with Celtic sea salt on both sides. place a 2nd rimmed baking sheet on top of the salted eggplant. place a heavy cast iron skillet on top of the baking sheets. in doing this, this will draw out the moisture from the eggplant. let rest for 20 – 30 minutes.
• rinse all the salt off of the eggplant and place eggplant slices in a colander to drain.
• lay the slices on a large kitchen towel, single layer. roll up the towel and let dry for 10 minutes.
• preheat oven to 475*. spray a rimmed baking sheet with spray oil.
• place the oat flour, 1 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt, and white pepper in a shallow bowl. in a second bowl, whisk the eggs with 2 tablespoons of water. in a third bowl, mix the panko bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese.
• dip one slice in in the flour, shake off excess. then dip in egg wash, let the excess drip off. finally, coat in panko/cheese mixture. place on prepared baking sheet. repeat unitl all eggplant is coated.
• drizzle with a bit of olive oil. bake 25 minutes, or until fully golden brown. halfway through flip eggplant slices to brown evenly on both sides.
• these are best served warm, however I was perfectly happy with a room temperature treat before heading off to bed.

More Eggplant around the Web:
Veggie Lasagna – Annie Eats
Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant + Tomatoes – What Should I Eat for Breakfast
Eggplant Balls – Tasting Table Recipes
Indian Eggplant CurrySpicie Foodie

 

 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bill September 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

What a great idea! Eggplant is one of those veggies that I love, LOVE – but never seem to be able to do anything with. I’ve always been a little apprehensive, because I just don’t know how to prepare it, you know? Anyway – this is a GREAT idea!!

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2 Susan September 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Bill – these were so good, that I have been craving them all week. It’s way too hot to turn on my oven today, but if it wasn’t I would be making these tonight!

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3 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] September 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

These look great. Sort of like eggplant tempura but healthier and tastier!

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4 HeatherChristo September 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

I will be honest- I don’t really love eggplant! But this recipe makes me think I would probably gobble it all up. I love anything in a crispy coating!

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5 Susan September 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I was there with you, Heather. Wasn’t a huge fan. But with dishes like these, the eggplant becomes the star of the show!

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6 aida mollenkamp September 10, 2012 at 11:54 am

These might become my new snacking addiction!

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7 Brooke @ Food Woolf September 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

This sounds so good! And good for my sensitive belly! Thanks for the inspiration!

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8 marla September 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Such a tasty looking appetizer + snack :)

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9 Megan September 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Funny I should read this today. Yesterday I had so many eggplants (white, etc) – I had gone a farm tour & just had sooo many. I roasted them with some herbes de provence & grapeseed oil, added a few red peppers, & tomatoes (some beautiful green ones, too). I tossed them into some pasta & topped with some Parmesan & black pepper. This is the time of the year when I need some inspiration! Thanks!!

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10 Susan September 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Megan – I make a roasted ratatouille that sounds similar to the dish you created. These could become your new weeknight staple. They were delish!

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11 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 12, 2012 at 1:05 am

I’m not big on eggplant but this I can get into.

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12 Megan September 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Definitely!

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