Crisp Eggplant Fries

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This recipe serves four.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tsp. baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 eggplant, peeled, sliced 1/3-inch thick and cut into 1/3-inch wide strips
  • 2 Cups breadcrumbs, Italian style. Place them in a wide, shallow casserole dish
  • As needed, vegetable oil for frying
  • To taste, salt and black pepper

Instructions:

  • Sift together into a bowl the first measure of flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the water, egg and vegetable oil. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. The batter should be a little thinner than pancake batter. If it is too thick, add more water. If it is too thin, add more flour. Reserve.
  • Heat a deep fryer with vegetable oil to 350 degrees.
  • Place about a quarter of the eggplant strips in the batter. Let excess batter drip off and carefully place it in the Italian bread crumbs. Dredge thoroughly and repeat with the remaining eggplant.
  • Fry in small batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper if desired. Great served with marinara sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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