Crispy Eggplant Coins w/ Yogurt Tahini Dip

August 20, 2020

There’s something oddly satisfying about a vegetable that is shaped so perfectly for a dish. Unlike traditional American eggplants which are plump, or Italian eggplants and “fairytale” eggplants which are much smaller and cuter, the Asian eggplant, similar to a zucchini, is long and usually thin, almost inviting you to slice it up into perfect little coins. This type tends to be mild in flavor, and insanely easy to cook. 

This recipe is the ultimate snack (and when we’re able to invite crowds of people into our homes again, I plan to make it as my go-to appetizer). The light layer of crunchy cheese ups the mild sweet profile of the eggplant. They’re a little messy, but quite easy — get an assembly line going and put the whole family to work.

This recipe includes a quick yogurt and tahini dipping sauce. This is an ode of sorts to the classic baba ganoush palette. You could certainly play around with dips, it would be delicious with a classic red sauce as well!

Ingredients:

1 Asian eggplant, sliced into coins

½ cup all purpose flour

½ cup panko crumbs*

¼ cup parmesan cheese*

2 eggs


*dairy free alternative: replace the panko and parm with ¼ cup nutritional yeast 


Yogurt Tahini Dipping Sauce: 

3 tbsp. Greek yogurt

2 tbsp tahini

Juice of ½ lemon

Salt & pepper to taste


Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Using a paper towel, rub a light layer of olive oil across the baking sheet. 
  3. Slice eggplant into coin shapes
  4. Whisk 2 eggs until combined in another bowl
  5. Set ½ cup flour in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together panko crumbs and parmesan.
  6. Dip eggplant coins in flour, then egg mixture, then roll in panko & parm mixture (or nutritional yeast). Place on a baking sheet and repeat for all the coins.
  7. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, flip and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  8. For the dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Salt & pepper to taste. 
Recipe by Local Roots Content Volunteer Sylvie Florman





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