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Eggplant Fries

by Meghann on January 18, 2011

Here’s a meal I’ve made once before. They were delicious then and pretty amazing now.

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Eggplant Fries! :)

If you’re a fan of Eggplant Parmesan, then I believe you will enjoy this deconstructed version of my favorite italian classic. Just a tad healthier and finger food friendly. ;)

Start with a whole eggplant that is then cut long ways in to ‘fry’ like shapes.

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Whisk a single egg with a little milk in one bowl and combine a cup of flax seed and almond meal with a generous amount of oregano, salt, and pepper in another.

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One dip in the egg

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Another in the flax mix

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Bake at 415 for 20 minutes

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Enjoy!

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I like to dip the fries in marinara sauce to get the full Eggplant Parmesan effect. ;)

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On the side I randomly threw in a slice of cheese (that I wrapped around some of the eggplant fries – a fabulous idea) and a few olives.

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Plus a leftover Cornbread Muffin from last night.

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A few people were asking about the cornbread recipe, but I really just followed the recipe on the side of the Publix Cornmeal Bag. I left out the lemon zest and blueberries the recipe called for and added some frozen corn instead. Unfortunately I can’t find the recipe online. :(

I have a meeting downtown this afternoon as well as a well deserved return to Hot Yoga! It’s been a month since my last practice and I’m a little nervous my endurance has depleted itself.

Wish me luck!

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1 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I’ve had roasted eggplant the past two nights, and I love it! I bet your fries are amazing! I wonder how it would work if I made it with a flax egg instead of an actual egg. Hmmmm…

Have fun at hot yoga!
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2 Kiran January 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Mmmm.. I love eggplant and need to try this recipe soon :) Have a great day!
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3 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Whoa, this looks so good! I need to buy more eggplant :)
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4 Michelle January 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Great idea for the fries. I’m going to give it a try
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5 Julie @ Wearing Mascara January 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Those look great!!!!
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6 Alicia January 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

yum- great idea!
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7 Jessie Deschane January 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

These look super good! I actually have never tried eggplant but I should because I find so many awesome recipes using them!

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8 Hope January 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Oh my! This looks amazing! I am a huge fan of making eggplant parm so I know I would totally love this! I am going to have to make it as soon as I can! Yum! :)

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9 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food January 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Yum! I love eggplant…that looks like a great way to make it :)
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10 Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Good luck!

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11 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

My dad would be totally obsessed with these- he’s an eggplant freak. Thanks for the idea!!
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12 Christin@purplebirdblog January 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Nice fries!! And blueberry cornbread actually sounds incredibly dreamy!! But I love adding frozen corn too :)
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13 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Sounds delicious! I want to try these ASAP!
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14 annie January 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm
15 Ashley January 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Good luck on the hot yoga! Those look really good, next time I’m out of school I’ll have to try those!
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16 Lauren @ vegerunner January 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Those look yummy – I’m a big fan of eggplant parm so will have to try these! And those bright green olives are my favorite – I didn’t like olives until I tried them one day at an Italian Restaurant in NYC…
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17 Ali January 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Those eggplant fries look delicious! I just had eggplant parmesan for the first time ever this past fall and it was so good! Good luck in yoga and your meeting! :)
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18 sarah (sarah learns) January 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

love the idea of eggplant fries! i’ve tried a lot of different veggies as “fries” but never eggplant. i like your creativity! :)
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19 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

My fave eggplant dishes are baba ghanoush or ratatouille.

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20 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

enjoy hot yoga!

and the eggplant fries…i SUCK at making eggplant anything. i either overbake it and burn it or underbake it and it’s mushy or rubbery or god knows what i do. Your fry method has been noted and im going to try this w/ my next eggplant!

thanks for the recipe :)

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21 Kara January 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

You go to way more trouble for your lunch than I do for mine :)

I bet Maddie is loving having you home during the day! Is she driving you nuts? My dog drove me bonkers when I worked from home. She thought I was there to play!
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22 Jessica@tastyandtrim January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

What a clever way to use eggplant!! Have fun at hot yoga :)
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23 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Eggplant is a veggie I didn’t start eating till late last year but I love it!! Your fries look very tasty. Good luck at your meeting and have fun at yoga – I’m looooving the hot yoga lately given all this snow we’ve got!
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24 Mindy January 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I would never have thought to make eggplant fries! They look awesome.

Thanks for sharing!
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25 Marina January 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I love eggplant, i have to try making it like this!
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26 Kacy January 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Those look great! I’m dying to try hot yoga but can’t find it offered around here.
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27 Amanda @ JustAmandaJ January 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

You make fries out of just about everything don’t you ;P I botched my last attempt at roasting eggplant, still not sure how, but I’ve stayed away since. The fries look doable and tasty though. Enjoy your hot yoga, I can’t wait to start going again!
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28 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I love that you used flax + almond meal as the coating!
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29 Brittany January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I loveee loveee loveee eggplant and will def be using this recipe soon!!
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30 Maryann January 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Great recipe!! I have been loving eggplant lately and this would be a great way to switch it up. Hope yoga went well.
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31 Michelle January 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Those look delicious! I might even get my picky-eating husband to eat them if I call them “fries!”

Does your eggplant ever get soggy? I lightly salt mine and let it sit in a colander for 20-30 minutes to rid some of the natural liquid. Then you can simply wipe away the excess salt and the eggplant turns out tender and not soggy in the middle.

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32 Danielle @ IndeesKitchen January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Yum!! Those looks amazingly good! I’m going to try them out this week.

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33 Sammybunny January 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Ooooo those look yummy! I must tell you…I ADORE your blog. I find all the recipes/running articles/and general posts very entertaining and exciting! Keep up the great work!
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34 Amanda @ Eating Up January 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I’ve toyed with doing a similar thing to eggplants…glad to hear it works!
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35 Lauren @Hungry Dancer January 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Love new ideas for veggie fries!! I love eggplant so I will definitely give it a try! Thanks for the recipe!
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36 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge January 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I love how it seems like you can make anything into a fry form :-)
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37 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Love eggplant! This is such a good idea. I actually just made eggplant parm today, should have made this instead!! :)
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38 Ann January 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Wow those look so good! I love eggplant and I keep glancing at the eggplant when I’m at the grocery store, but I never knew exactly how I would cook it and what I would eat it with, etc. I will most definitely be trying that one this week! And definitely with marinara for dipping.
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39 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles January 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Ooooh, enjoy Hot Yoga! Your body is going to thank you!!
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40 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Genius! pure genius! My stomach is rumbling now =)
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41 Laura (Starloz) January 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm

i’ve never thought to make fries from eggplant, excellent idea.

with the cornbread recipe, can you pretty please share it with us, i cant buy the packet your talking about here
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42 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I looove eggplant parm.. I need to try that!
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43 Ann @ Running With Chopstix January 18, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Those fries look so delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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44 Patrice @ A New Sweetness January 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

your meals always look so appetizing and healthy!
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45 Allie January 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Eggplant parm is the bombbbb! The fries look awesome, especially with dippin’ sauce!
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46 Lauren January 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Such a great idea! You just need some marinara to dip them in. Oh wait, I just went back and realized you were already all over that. Of course you were! ;)
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47 Allison January 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I really need try different veggie fries! I tried some veggie chips last week (parsnip and beet!) and they were AWESOME.
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48 BroccoliHut January 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

LOVE this! I tried okra fries yesterday after seeing them here, so I’m psyched to try the eggplant fries too:)
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49 Sana January 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I really want to make your nutbutter fries! I want to get on it!
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50 Jenn January 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I tried a satueed garlic eggplant yesterday and it was a flop. YOURS however look delicious!
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51 Jessica Lee January 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

that’s such a good idea. i love playing on a classic dish. are the “fries” crispy on the outside?
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52 Jennie @ Designed To Be Fit January 19, 2011 at 10:11 am

Yum! I used to do the same thing but cut it into circular slices. I never thought to make them into fries. Looks amazing!
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53 Lacey @ Lake Life January 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I love that bowl that you have the breading in! I have a coffee cup that matches it :-)
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54 Becauseitis October 22, 2011 at 9:45 pm

this is SOOOO good <3
my whole family loved it when i made it for them :)
especially dipping it in marinara sauce w/ nutritional yeast and/or daiya cheese!

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