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Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

When you think of super bowl food what comes to mind? Chicken wings? Yes. Mozzarella sticks. Always. Brats? Of course. Eggplant? Huh? No really, I never would’ve thought that eggplant would be anywhere near a super bowl party spread but guys, these Beer Battered Eggplant Fries NEED to be a part of your game day spread.

I am not quite sure what it is but almost every time I am at the grocery store one of my children asks me to buy an eggplant. I don’t know why. It’s not something that I cook a lot. I think it has something to do with the fact that it’s an interesting looking vegetable. Or that they watch a kids music video where they sing about eggplant. Either way, every couple of weeks I end up with one in my cart.

I could roast it or grill it or do something totally healthy with it. But well it’s super bowl season so I decided to turn Eggplant into a super bowl food and made these Beer Battered Eggplant Fries.

With all of the eggplant that I buy, I have tried to make eggplant fries a few times before. I’ve tried coating them in panko and baking them. I’ve tried frying them with just a little bit of flour. Neither really worked for me. Actually, both turned into a big ‘ol mess. But not this time. This time I beer battered them and it was a delicious success.

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

And every good fry needs a good dip right? These Beer Battered Eggplant Fries are no different. While I’m sure ranch would be great and my kids certainly loved ketchup, I decided to make a creamy curry dip to serve along side. With just 5 ingredients, the dip came together really quickly and it made the perfect dip for these fries.

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries

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Serves 4 - 6 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Beer Battered Eggplant Fries Ingredients:

  • oil for frying
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 (12 ounce) can light beer
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled, cut in half and then cut into strips

Curry Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

1

Make the dipping sauce first by whisking all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

2

Preheat oven to warm setting or 200 degrees. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.

3

Heat half an inch of oil in a large pot over medium heat to 350 degrees.

4

Whisk together flour, egg, salt and granulated garlic. Slowly whisk in beer. Mix just until a batter forms.

5

Working in batches, dip eggplant fries into the batter. Shake off any excess and then carefully add to oil. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to the prepared cooling rack. Sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven to keep warm while you fry the remaining batches.

6

Once all eggplant is fried serve with curry dipping sauce.

Notes

Enjoy!

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  • Back For Seconds

    Most fun way to eat eggplant ever. Yum!

  • Amy Stafford

    What a great way to serve appetizer. I have done this with green beans, but I bet the flavor of eggplant with the breading is amazing!

  • This looks amazing! I’ve tried cooking with eggplant a few different times too, and I’ve never really been happy with the outcome. THESE i must give a try!!

  • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    Such a great idea, this has got to be the best way to eat eggplant EVER!

  • This really is a fun way to use eggplant! I would probably eat the whole tray :)

  • Michelle De La Cerda-Nash

    I bet I could sneak this veggie by my daughter the way you’ve prepared it.

  • CookinCanuck

    I absolutely adore eggplant, and would happily munch on these fries on Super Bowl Sunday, or any other day!

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