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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Eggplant Sandwiches and Pepper Fries

I am on a mission to come up with things to fry in Lard. Seriously. My first attempt was with zucchini in a panko breading - as you can see I burnt about half of them.
Zucchini Disaster - Keep Reading!
So today I tried again and this time it was a SUCCESS!!
I made sandwiches with fried eggplant and pepper fries. Oh yea! Good stuff!
Eggplant Sandwiches with Pepper Fries
1/2 cup flour - wheat or a g/f choice
2 large eggs beaten (mine were still warm from the chicken)
1 cup breading - panko,  or a g/f variety
1 medium eggplant cut into 1/2 inch slices - should end up with 8
1/2 cup Lard or another good fat of your choice 
Salt
1-2  tomatoes sliced
1 avocado sliced
fresh basil leaves - one big one for each sandwich
4 oz. goat cheese crumbled (or shredded if you are me)
1 green or red pepper sliced into fries.

I started out with your standard flour, egg and crumb bowls. I sliced my smallish eggplant into 8 slices and then first cover in flour (you can use a g/f flour which is what I did) then put in the egg and then finally into the breadcrumbs (I used g/f). Once you have them all done fry them in oil - I used Lard! hmmm yum! Put your heat at about medium you don't want them to burn. When they were done I did the same thing with red/green pepper to make my fries.

Next I cut up an avocado into slices, sliced my tomato, crumbled my feta goat cheese (actually I shredded it) and rinsed my basil. 

I layered the eggplant then avocado, tomato, cheese, basil and then topped with another slice of eggplant. 

Recipe:
1/2 cup flour - wheat or a g/f choice
2 large eggs beaten (mine were still warm from the chicken)
1 cup breading - panko,  or a g/f variety
1 medium eggplant cut into 1/2 inch slices - should end up with 8
1/2 cup Lard or another good fat of your choice 
Salt
1-2  tomatoes sliced
1 avocado sliced
fresh basil leaves - one big one for each sandwich
4 oz. goat cheese crumbled (or shredded if you are me)



Results: 
1. I really liked this especially as a gluten free option - it tastes like a sandwich.
2. My kids - not so much. But part of that is they had never eaten veggies battered and fried before.
3. Next time I think I will make easy guacamole and use that instead of straight avocado just for a more wet taste - since there are no condiments on this and I love me some condiments.
4. I think it would also taste great with bacon, but then everything tastes great with bacon!
5. This would make a yummy meal to serve to my Church Lady friends at a small luncheon. 

Linking this to Two For Tuesdays Real Food Blog Hop!


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I am also linking this to Fudge Ripple's Tuesday Night Supper Club.
My Sweet and Savory's Meatless Monday
Balancing Beauty and Bedlams Tasty Tuesdays
Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free's Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.
All the Small Stuff's Tuesdays at the Table

16 comments:

  1. yum! my sister fries up eggplant all the time and I love it :-)

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  2. except for the fact I don't like eggplant, I'd do this with zucchini!

    Did you know that Iron Chef Michael Symon cooks with lard frequently and there are studies that suggest it may be a healthier choice. (Weston Price foundation has info on this)

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  3. http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/544-rise-and-fall-of-crisco.html

    Here is the article

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  4. what a great idea---eggplant as the "bread"...i must try this. okay...as if it isn't enough that we have the same name and spell it the same way...we made the same thing this week!!! ha :)
    thanks for linking up to tuesday night supper club

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  5. Nice! Great idea...lovin' it as the outsides of a sammie. Wonderful idea!

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  6. This looks yummy--thanks for posting this! And lard rocks! :)

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  7. Yum, yum yummy! These look terrific. What a fab idea.

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  8. I am seriously going to try these...they look so good.

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  9. Christy, I love you! On a mission to fry things in lard :) I was just thinking about this fried eggplant sandwich option the other day. Also, what about fried green tomatoes as a sandwich? Even looking at bread makes my stomach hurt these days, so thank you for this recipe.

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  10. Yum, anything fried is awesome!! I would have been surprised if the kids were into this, wouldn't that be nice though!! You're right, everything is better with bacon!! Thanks for the recipe and the tips.

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  11. Yep christy, it takes some practice to use lard for frying. I also have had experiences like your first one! LOL But these eggplant sandwiches do look divine and I am glad you got the lard thing figured out! What a lovely smile on your tester! :) Thanks for posting and hosting on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! :) alex@amoderatelife

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  12. I love eggplant and this sandwhich look delishious.. .bye bye bread

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  13. This looks delicious! I've had strange craving for eggplant this week and I'd love to try this!

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