Fried eggplant recipe is definitely my single most favourite food.
I must confess I have several dozen single most favourite foods, though.
If there's one thing I love about eggplant cooking it's that it contains all the best about good food.
Nothing could be simpler!
Tip: Choose your eggplant carefully. They must be firm, super shiny dark purple colour. Whilst they keep quite well in the fridge for say approaching a week, once they are old, they are dreadful and bitter. If you can't find good eggplant, cook something else.
STEP 1: Slice your eggplant into 15mm, half inch slices.
STEP 2: Put a heavy pan onto moderate heat.
Tip: Use only olive or coconut oil and butter for frying. The polyunsaturate oils like sunflower oil are very unstable once you heat them, and break down to noxious byproducts. Never fry with margarine.
Be fairly generous with olive oil, not extra virgin when frying, and a dollop of butter in the pan, remembering that you are raising the calories in eggplant cooking. It's counteracted by a delic salad. Turn the heat down to moderate-low.
STEP 3: Flour the slices on both sides.
STEP 4: Beat up an egg and water batter.
Drop your floured, battered eggplant cooking slices into the hot oil. See these fried eggplant recipes are really a piece of cake. If an old fart like me can learn to do it, then anybody can enjoy eggplant cooking!
Turn the heat down because they burn quite easily. How to cook eggplant is really not difficult.
I dribble a couple of drops of olive oil onto the top of each slice. Then, when you turn them, they don't stick. After three or four minutes, turn one over to test. When they are ready they are a golden brown colour.
TIP: Once they are done, turn the first cooked slices on edge on top of a slice that is still underdone, so that it can drain.
As you start stacking your slices of fried eggplant recipe on other slices, add fresh battered slices. How to cook eggplant? Dead easy.
Fried eggplant recipe is a special gift for those with high cholesterol.
Incidentally, I've now started frying them with the lid on; they cook through more quickly and are less inclined to burn.
Once they are done, golden brown on both sides, if you prick your easy eggplant recipe with a fork, the slices should be quite soft and squishy. Depending on how you like them, I suppose.
Drain on a paper towel. Salt lightly.
Any fried dish is of course fairly rich stuff. We usually enjoy it with a huge salad. I call it a 15 euro salad, not because it costs fifteen euros to make, but because that's what you'll pay if you eat out in Amsterdam. It probably costs no more than one dollar to make, and ten minutes of your time.
Honest truth? This fried eggplant recipe is my all-time favourite dish. Scrumptious. I'll have a couple of slices on a sandwich for lunch today. FANTASTIC! Who could possibly want to go to McDonalds for lunch?!!
Eggplant, known as brinjals in Africa because of the Indian influence, rank high amongst the anti cholesterol foods. You really don't need those nasty statins with all their nasty side effects; tingling, achy legs, impotence, haemorrhagic stroke; rather foods that lower cholesterol naturally. And in my opinion there's no way to do that better than with a fried eggplant recipe.
Use coconut or olive oil rather than butter perhaps; I use a mixture.
I wrote this blog on fried eggplant recipe years ago, and it's time for an update. It's still a great favourite and we enjoy it regularly in the summer.
There's more evidence coming out that it's refined carbs that make us obese, rather than fat; it's that white cake flour that I'm thinking about; not good stuff. I guess all of life is about compromises, and we break down and use a tablespoon now and then.
Since we use 100% wholemeal healthy flour for making our daily bread, I've started using it about half and half in this dish, and may increase it further.
Still, that cake flour hasn't made us fat, but that's because we eat so many salads and other foods that lower cholesterol like oats and chickpeas; blessed are the balanced; I'm about as anxious of health nut neurosis as obesity.
The other update is since keeping our own hens, we use only free range cage free eggs; they have made a huge difference to all of our cooking. I'm sure you can see which egg has three times as much omega-3 and choline.
If you're into eggplant like I am, then pay Helen Nichols' site, well being secrets, a visit; in particular her favorite eggplant recipes pages will keep you busy for weeks!
In short, you can see they are one of my favourites too; a bit of an acquired taste, and never buy them unless they are firm, shiny and a dark purple colour; after sitting on the shelf at the supermarket for a few days they rapidly become awful.
It's not hot enough for us to grow them, unless we get into hot houses or tunnels; something for future consideration. So we can't get them absolutely fresh, but the good wife gets to her fried eggplant recipe within a day or two of buying them.