I did not eat eggplant as a child. My grandma was the only person in the family that liked it so no one else ever bought any. Now that summer is here my CSA Farmer has a bunch of different types of eggplant and I decided that it was time to try something new.
This recipe comes right from the farm. My farmer told me that this is her favorite way to eat eggplant. She'll even make this instead of french fries. I bet that plenty of kids out there would eat these (if they didn't know what they were made of).
(my CSA Farmer, Kathy)
1-2 eggplant, depending on how many people you're feeding
2 egg whites (or 1 whole egg, beaten)
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon salt
enough vegetable oil to fry
Heat your oil over medium high heat in a cast iron pot or use a counter top fryer.
Set up a couple of bowls and put the egg into one bowl and the bread crumbs into another. Add the chili powder to the egg and mix together.
Cut each eggplant into french fry shapes. Dip each eggplant fry into the egg and then into the breadcrumbs. Fry up the eggplant until nice and golden brown. Let drip dry on paper towels or a metal rack and sprinkle with salt.
They taste great with ranch dressing.