I’m so excited about a new grocery store that opened up our way so I don’t have to drive in town for the Asian ingredients for cooking.
I was excited to find these Chinese Eggplants, I have several recipes I want to try and can’t wait to get to them.
This recipe is really easy. It actually uses flax seeds instead of eggs, which I wanted to post as an alternative for egg free recipes. I used eggs, because I didn’t have any flax seeds on hand.
Crunchy Baked Eggplant Bites
(Adapted from tastes lovely)
1 medium size eggplant, sliced ⅜" thick (try to get a longer, skinnier eggplant rather than a shorter, wider one)
½ cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ cup flax seeds (or flax meal)
1 cup water
1.5 cups panko bread crumbs
olive oil spray
Prego® Farmers' Market Classic Marinara
Slice the eggplant 3/8” thick.
Spread the eggplant in a single layer on paper towels. Sprinkle both sides generously with salt and let sit for 10 minutes. This draws out excess moisture. After 10 minutes, you will see beads of condensation drawn out. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Make the flax seed "egg" replacement. In a small bowl, combine the flax seeds with water. Allow to sit for 10 minutes until thickened and gelatinous.
In another small bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine.
In another small bowl, add panko bread crumbs.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees with the oven rack in the middle.
Breading and Cooking the Eggplant
Set up your dredging station: bowl of flour mixture, flax seed mixture, panko, baking sheet.
Take 1 slice of eggplant. Dip it in the flour so it is coated, shake off excess. Then dip it in the flax seed liquid. Then dip it in the panko bread crumbs, pressing to adhere. Then place it on the baking sheet.
Repeat with all the eggplant.
Spray the top of the breaded eggplant with olive oil spray, and sprinkle with salt.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, turning the eggplant half way through, until crispy and golden brown.
Serve warm with Prego® Farmers' Market Classic Marinara as a dipping sauce.
Leftovers will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 1 week.