Eggplant for a main dish or a side to a delicious Italian style dinner!
We have been harvesting our eggplant this week and I thought this would be a great start to summer sharing this easy recipe. I love crispy foods but not all the damage that comes from eating too many fried foods. So this is a great alternative to gain the satisfying crunch with out all the excess of oil.
Crispy Oven Baked Eggplant:
1 cup Gluten Free bread Crumbs (I make my own using this bread)
⅓ cup Gluten Free all purpose flour
2 Free Range Eggs
1 large eggplant
Grass Fed Butter (well chilled)
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning (or make your own, directions below)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Make your own Italian Seasoning so easy + way more flavorful then pre-mixed
For this recipe use:
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried parsley
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. dried thyme
½ tsp. dried rosemary
½ tsp. Marjoram
-Whisk it all up and your done!
Directions for Eggplant:
-Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F
-Start by slicing eggplant 1/4inch thick and lay on a flat surface. Sprinkle salt and let sit. (to find out why we do this check out my last post here
-After 30 min. rinse the eggplant under running water to remove the salt. Pat the eggplant with some dry with paper towels.
-Line your sheet pan with parchment paper or nonstick spray
In a shallow bowl or pie dish, combine the gf bread crumbs, gf flour, & your homemade Italian seasonings (yum) .
-Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.
-Dip a slice of eggplant into the egg mixture and then into the gf crumb mixture to coat on all sides. Don't be afraid to heavy coating that crunchy mixture.
-Then place the slices onto your prepared baking sheet.
-Repeat this process until your baking sheet is full. However make sure not to Over-crowd your slices. Allowing for even and crisp baking.
-Shave paper thin slices of grass fed butter on top of each piece of eggplant.
-Place in the oven for about 15 minutes then flip and add another 15 min. or until crisp edges
Serve hot and enjoy with fresh tomatoes or a store bought marinara sauce!
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p.s. These are great re heated in a toaster oven or under a broiler!
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-xo Charlotte Faith
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