Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries are a favorite in our house! They’re crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I like to serve them with a side of tomato sauce for dipping. Most eggplant fries are made in a deep fryer. They are without a doubt delicious, but the eggplant acts like a sponge and soaks up a lot of oil. By baking them on a high temperature, they get nice and crispy without the mess of frying. They are just as tasty, but a much healthier alternative to the original dish.
Eggplants come in many different Varieties
We use the Italian or Mediterranean type of eggplant that you are most likely to see in the grocery store. There are many varieties of eggplant. Some examples are graffiti eggplant, Chinese or Japanese and even a variety that is pure white. They may look different, but all of these varieties will work just fine.
Most American’s think of eggplant as an ingredient in some of their favorite Italian dishes. Italian’s really do love eggplant, but it can actually be found in many parts of the world. It is a member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. Eggplant originated in India where it continues to grow wild. The Persians transported eggplants to Africa, while Arabs introduced them to Europe. The Spaniards came to love eggplant next and the rest of Europe caught on.
Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries are a Delicious way to Eat your Veggies!
Next time you are hosting a group of friends, make a batch. We like to serve them with Milwaukee Style Sausage Pizza. It reminds Joe of being in his favorite pizza joint in Milwaukee, Balistreri’s Pizza on 68th and Wells. Whether you are recreating a fond food memory or just looking for a great side dish, Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries is the way to go!