E is for Eggplant Fries

September 5th, 2013 12:23 pm by Kelly Garbato

E is for Eggplant Fries [Vegan Comfort Food] (0008)

When I first spotted this recipe in Vegan Comfort Food, it immediately brought to mind the Baked Zucchini Sticks I got hooked on last summer. Sadly, I did not plant zucchini in my garden this year, and thus spent the summer mostly vegetable fry-less.

Enter: Alicia Simpson and her amazing Eggplant Fries. These babies are coated in a mix of white flour, Old Bay seasoning, and black pepper and oven-baked to crispy (on the outside)-soft (on the inside) perfection. One problem I had with the Zucchini Sticks was getting the batter to stick – but the finer granules in this batter made the whole issue moot. It sticks like gangbusters! Still, I bet a little nooch would take them to the next level.

At first I worried that I’d cut some of the fries too thick, but it just so happened that these were my favorites of the bunch. The eggplant dries out a bit as it bakes, and the thinnest fries shriveled up to almost nothing. The fat ones, on the other hand, were just about perfect…meaty like steak fries, but way healthier.

I couldn’t decide between photographing these in a diner-style french fry basket (classic!) or on my Halloween kid’s plate (it’s purple, like eggplants!), so I did both. Which one works better, do you think?

E is for Eggplant Fries [Vegan Comfort Food] (0012)


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3 Responses to “E is for Eggplant Fries”

  1. Sarah/appifanie Says:

    Oooh yums! I like them better in the red basket b/c that way they’re more fast food-y but good for you looking. Not that I don’t have my own stash of cute target section plates :D

  2. Jojo Says:

    Yum! I love aubergine and those look great. I think I prefer the first picture but partly because it’s not Halloween just yet!

  3. Sara Says:

    I like the first picture better, they look more appetizing I think. I’ve developed a love for aubergine lately, so i would really like these.

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