Fried Eggplant and Mozzarella with a Roasted Marinara Dipping Sauce

Fried Eggplant and Mozzarella with a Roasted Marinara Dipping Sauce


In addition to the field tomatoes the eggplants or aubergines are also in season. Each time I walk by them in the farmers market they seem to call my name and since I have a nice long list of eggplant recipes to try so I picked some up. The first on my to try list was these fried eggplant appetizers from The Culinary Chase that I had bookmarked a long time ago and I had been waiting for eggplant season to return to try. These appetizers are basically two thinly sliced pieces of eggplant that sandwich a thin slice of fresh mozzarella and leaf of basil. The eggplant and mozzarella sandwiches are then breaded and fried until golden brown and crispy. I am not so great at cutting things uniformly and thinly so I pulled out my mandolin and it did a great job of it. Eggplants can sometimes be bitter so it is always a good idea to salt them to draw out the bitterness, though make sure that you don't forget to rinse the salt off. The fried mozzarella eggplant sandwiches were pretty easy to assemble and the most challenging part was the deep frying. They came out nice and golden brown and crispy on the outside and were and soft and gooey on the inside. I really liked the fact that the exposed mozzarella around the edges also fried up nice an crispy ans it is hard to beat crispy fried cheese! I served the fried eggplant with a tasty roasted tomato version of a simple marinara sauce though there are a lot of tasty tomato sauces that would go really well with this fried eggplant.

Fried Eggplant and Mozzarella with a Roasted Marinara Dipping Sauce

(make 4 appetizer sized servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 eggplant (thinly sliced)
coarse salt
1 pound fresh mozzarella (thinly sliced)
basil leaves
1/2 cup flour
1 large egg (lightly beaten)
1 cup bread crumbs
oil for frying

Directions:
1. Sprinkle the salt onto the eggplants slices and let rest for 20 minutes.
2. Rinse the salt from the eggplant slices and pat them dry.
3. Form sandwiches out of 2 slices of eggplant with a slice of mozzarella and a basil leaf in the middle.
4. Dredge the eggplant sandwiches in the flour.
5. Dip them into the egg and then in the bread crumbs to coat.
6. Fry in oil until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes each.
7. Cut into four and serve with a tasty tomato sauce.

Sauces to serve it with:
Arrabiata Sauce
Puttanesca Sauce
Marinara Sauce
Roasted Tomato and Gorgonzola Sauce

Similar Recipes:
Eggplant and Mozzarella Panini
Parmesan Crusted Baked Zucchini Sticks with Marinara Sauce
Eggplant Parmesan (Melanzane di Parmagiana)
Eggplant Parmesan (Lasagna Style)
Arancini di Riso (Rice Balls)
Crispy Baked Portobello Mushroom Fries
Crispy Baked Eggplant Fries with Marinara Dipping Sauce (aka Eggplant Parmesan Fries!)

33 comments:

Mary said...

LAWSY MERCY! Kevin - do you ever have a bad recipe? You're like the energizer bunny of cooking! Thank you for feeding us all!

Amy said...

I've only recently changed my attitude about eggplant. But fried? I would have changed my attitude a lot sooner.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I love eggplant! What a great recipe! I'm bookmarking this one! Thanks!

Julie said...

Very nice...wonder if I can convince my family eggplant is edible. Oh well, I may just have to eat it without them.

Chef Fresco said...

I love eggplant recipes! yum!

Jenn said...

Yummy!! I always order fried mozarrella when I eat out. Not sure why i haven't thought to make them myself. I think I shall now. Looks good, Kevin!

screwdestiny said...

Oh, yum. That's all I can say.

Marina said...

I am astonished!
I was looking for recipes with maple syrup and found this blog! I loved the recipes and I'll try some!

I love eggplant! It looks great!

Great Blog!
See you!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

An amazing combo! Looks and sounds delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

♥peachkins♥ said...

I can almost taste the eggplant and the gooey mozarella.. yum!

Nina Timm said...

Kevin this is a snack that I would walk miles for......just perfect!!!

Sophie said...
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Sophie said...

What a tasty dish!! Who doesn't love this?

Now, you are making me hungry, Kevin!

Joanne said...

Fried eggplant is one of my guilty pleasures, Kevin. These look amazing as is but I bet they would also be great on an open-faced sandwich with the marinara sauce and some more melted cheese on top.

Jennifer said...

WOW you made it look soooo amazing!!! Ive done something similar but never looked as nice! great job!

Carrie said...

Wow, what an amazing recipe. Those look insanely good.

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, I love eggplant this looks delightful! Great recipe!

CinnamonQuill said...

I think you should host a food blogging conference...at your house. And then you can cook for us all. That eggplant?! I don't have words. And no, I'm not being dramatic.

Anncoo said...

I really like to try one piece now :)

Debbie said...

Ooooh eggplant - one of my very favorites. Great appetizer and looks delish!

NicNacManiac said...

HOw freaking delish does this look!! You truly are amazing! Thank you!! xOxo Nerina :)

The Duo Dishes said...

Wow. That looks like Sunday football (or just Sunday fun day) all in one.

teresa said...

mmm, i want to serve this at a party. maybe i'll throw a party just so i can!

George Gaston said...

Definitely going to try these Kevin. Thanks...

Kerstin said...

I LOVE this! What a perfect appetizer, eggplant is one of my favorites!

Tatiyana said...

Kevin that looks awesome! It also looks like the perfect football food! I can't wait to try it out this weekend, thanks for all the inspiration:)

Pam said...

Well, I'm going to add this to my list of eggplant recipes!

Veggie Belly said...

Wow! What a great idea to sandwich cheese with eggplant! Thanks for the tip about salting eggplant..

SAMROMAGE said...

This sounds ridiculously delicious!!!!

Deseree said...

OMG YUM! Fried eggplant and fried mozzarella are delicious on their own, but you went ahead and put them together into one wonderful bite. Genius!

Sheila said...

This looks delicious! I feel like this would be fantastic in a sandwich with a fresh slice of tomato and some avocado!

Pepela said...

İ love eggplant!
İt looks delicious..
Yum!

Oleg Fokin said...

Прекрасный рецепт,баклажаны не только вкусно,полезно также.

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