"MOMMY DADDY MORE FRISH FRIS"- Shaina age 1
If you know me then you know that I am obsessed with French fries. My parents always talk about how I wasn't happy until I had at least one fried treasure in each hand. Well ladies and gentleman, low carb diets do not allow for my favorite treats so I went on a mission to find a suitable substitute.
ENTER THE WONDER OF EGGPLANT!
Recently I made Shanghai Eggplant and it has since become one of my favorite dishes and I started thinking about putting eggplant in EVERYTHING including FRISH FRIS (as I used to call them)! And found a recipe that I tweaked to my own Jamaican Pallet.
Eggplant French Fried Lovelies
3/4 cups flour (I used 1/2 regular flour 1/4 seasoned)
3 tsps garlic salt (or to taste)
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp season salt
1 tbsp Sea salt or regular salt
All the black pepper you can stand (Jamaican remember )
oil for frying
3 baby eggplants or 2 medium eggplants
salt for seasoning after
In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, garlic salt, dried oregano, salt, and pepper until thoroughly mixed.
In a heavy-bottom medium saucepan, heat at least two inches of oil to about 350F. Peel the eggplants and slice into 3/4-inch thick fingers (I didnt slice them thick enough so be careful!). Toss the eggplant slices a few at a time in the seasoned flour until well coated.
When the oil is ready, drop a few sticks of eggplant into the oil – they should begin sizzling immediately. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan or have the oil temperature drop too much.
When they begin to brown (about a minute) flip them over and cook for another 30 seconds to a minute. Remove the eggplant fries from the oil and let drain on some aluminum foil. Serve hot with a shake of salt and ketchup!!! A great snacking appetizer for 4 people or 1 extra hungry person such as myself!
I realize that flour is definitely against the slow carb diet but A tiny bit of coating never hurt. I'm sure they would be fine without (rather cheat with these instead of real fries yum).