Eggplant Fries with Tzatziki Sauce

Except for my mom’s baba ganoush, eggplants always been on my No-No list- I just don’t like it- no reason..so if you are wondering why did I bother about it now, well, I did not. sometimes being a dietitian is a perk (or not) because  people just assume that you worship any vegetable (most of the time I do) but not when it comes to eggplant-but you just don’t say NO to free-eggplant from one of the sweetest lady at work, right ?

Did you know eggplant is  actually a fruit & native to India

My automatic thought was to call up my mom and ask for her baba ganoush recipe but again I figured  I should just leave it up to her.. no matter how hard I try to replicate the recipe, it won’t be the same. Another idea sparked on my head- eggplant fries because I have had great tasting, crunchy zucchini & sweet potato fries- both baked..and oh boy I was right-eggplant fries turned out delicious too.

yield ~ good for 2 servings

Ingredients
1/2 eggplants, cut into strips
~ 1 cup bread crumbs
Italian seasoning mix, salt, paprika, garlic powder (to taste)
1/4 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
1 egg, lightly beaten
Directions
-Preheat oven to 450F
-Mix salt, garlic powder, italian seasonings, and paprika in a bowl.
- In another bowl, mix yogurt & egg together.
-First place the eggplant strips into egg/yogurt mixture then coat them in flour mixture evenly.
-Place them in a parchment paper or greased baking pan and bake for 10-15 minutes rotating once and until slightly brown.
Tzatziki sauce is perfect for summer heat with chips,  sandwich, or by spoonful

For the tzatziki sauce: 
- In a food processor, put cucumber (seeded, peeled), yogurt, dill, lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt together until smooth.

Crispy on the outside and little soft on the inside- YUM


And soon before you know it…it was all gone
…even if you are not-much-of-a-eggplant-lover give this fries a shot and see if it will change your mind because it certainly changed mine :)

Comments

  1. says

    I love eggplant in every possible form…grilled, roasted, sauteed, in baba ganouj, in soup…love it! There’s something about fried veggies that makes me go bonkers…love the fried eggplant idea and the tzatziki dipping sauce sounds perfect!

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