Okay, before I talk about what I want to talk about today, I have a story I want to tell you all.
I was at the store last night, and as usual my cart was full of a ton of vegetables. Beets, fennel, turnips, lemons, apples, eggplant, and broccoli slaw to name a few. So I get up to the check out counter and the women ringing me up gets to the turnip and says
"What is this?"
I reply, "Oh, It's a turnip."
"Really? How weird."
And the bagger girl who is probably about my age, says "I thought beets were that shape. I don't know. I don't eat them."
So what is the moral of this story? People, take a stroll through the produce department sometime. Pick things up, smell things. You might find something delicious and learn a thing or two.
So now . . .
Wait. Didn't I just give you a recipe using eggplant?!
That's true. I did.
But in my defense I do love eggplant and they are on sale at most stores right now. So technically, I am not being repetitive. I'm being current.
Many people don't think much of eggplant. Most people don't give a fig about it's high fiber content. Or it's phytonutrient content. Or it's potassium, folate, or magnesium.
All they care about is if it is delicious. Fortunately this recipe is.
I call it Paillard Eggplant. You will see why
1/2 Aubergine Eggplant, peeled and sliced 1/8 inch
1/3 cup GCSD-free Mayonnaise, I use my own
2 cups Bread crumbs
1/3 cup Grated Parmesan, optional
1 1/2 Tbs Organic No Salt seasoning, this is kinda like Mrs. Dash
1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Cover baking sheet with parchment.
3. Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan, No salt seasoning, and kosher salt in a large baggie. Pour out onto a plate.
4. Spread a piece of eggplant with a thin layer of mayo, then press into the bread crumb mixture coating both sides. Place on baking sheet. Continue with the rest of the eggplant.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, flip over, Bake for about 6-10 more minutes.
I love these by themselves, but they would taste delicious dipped marinara sauce. Sort of like a deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan.