Eggplant Fries with Spicy Mayo

On the morning of the arrival of my weekend guests, I ran out to my favorite Italian market and stocked my frig, that is two refrigerators, with plenty of fresh fruit, veggies, meats and fish for grilling, appetizers and morning breakfasts.  I had my thoughts for what I would serve but I also knew that being in the kitchen with Ayesha we would pull the “ingredients” and come up with lots of combined ideas.  And that is exactly how the weekend played out!

On Friday we took the boys to the beach.  It was really a weekend for the little guys to experience Florida; the blue skies, sunshine, sand and ocean.  For lunch that day we ordered zucchini fries.  And here is where the story begins.  I see the fries.  Kinda greasy, overpriced, but tasty.  I think… I’ve done these many times, I’ve got zucchini at home, I’m adding this to one of our grilling meals.  I make the zucchini fries, Ayesha makes up a spicy mayo dipping sauce.  We absolutely love it!  Crispy from the oven, not greasy and the sauce she made was perfect with just enough heat!

The next day we are still talking about the zucchini fries, but we are all out of zucchini.   I mention we have an eggplant but never made eggplant into fries.  I think it might not be a good idea… and then I change my mind.  And, OMG, I’m so glad we tried it out!  The eggplant fries were meatier, crisped up on the outside and tender on the inside.  Totally not bitter and we did not salt them beforehand.

We served the Eggplant Fries with grilled Florentine Veal Burgers that I adapt from my Florentine Veal Loaf recipe.  Basically I use the same ingredients from the meatloaf but omit the ricotta cheese.  The meatloaf and the burgers always turn out juicy and flavorful!  Though I didn’t take food photos of the entire weekend; we had the Grilled Tuna Salad with Roasted Peppers and Zucchini, Grilled Pizzas, No-Fail Kale Caesar Salad, grilled t-bone steaks and grilled chicken sausage spirals and for breakfast one morning a trio of pancakes with rum syrup.  Thank you to Geni from Sweet and Crumbly for the inspiration on the trio idea.  I made a trio of granola, chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes, topping the “adult” pancakes with her rum syrup!

In addition there were (soon to be posted) Jello shots, key-lime ice cream bites, a secretly filled cookie jar and probably a few others I’m forgetting… weekends just go by too quickly!

Eggplant Fries with Spicy Mayo

For the eggplant fries:

1 large firm eggplant, peeled and cut in half, then in slices and then into sticks

2-3 egg whites

2 cup mix of seasoned Italian bread crumbs and Panko

¼ cup parmesan cheese

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Olive oil to drizzle over eggplant

For the spicy mayo:

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

Prepare a baking sheet with a rack on top.  This allows the “fries” to bake all around and not get soggy.  Preheat oven to 420 degrees. 

In a medium size bowl, mix together the bread crumb/panko mix, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.  Rather than dip each “fry” into egg white then bread crumbs, I place all eggplant fries into a large bowl and pour over egg whites mixing gently.  Using my hands I grab a few sticks and drop them into the bread crumb mix bowl and gently coat each “fry”.  Place the eggplant evenly onto the rack, close but not overlapping.  Lightly drizzle olive oil over the eggplant.  Bake for 20 minutes, turn the “fries” and bake until crisp about another 10 minutes.  For extra crispiness, turn on the broiler for just a few minutes, about 2 minutes.

For the dipping sauce:  combine the mayonnaise and sriracha sauce and mix well.  Adjust spiciness to individual taste.

33 thoughts on “Eggplant Fries with Spicy Mayo

  1. What a great idea! It’s so funny, when I first looked at the title of your post, I wondered to myself whether I could do this with zucchini… turns out the eggplant may create an even better result! And the mayo sounds very yummy too. Key-lime ice cream bites? Mmm… How nice that you feel relaxed enough around your friend to just let the food unfold as it does… sounds like a perfect approach and how nice that the sun was shining on the boys at the beach. What a great weekend!

  2. Sounds wonderful – here in Andalucia they do a lot of these fritters with courgettes and aubergine (although they fry them, but I am defintely going to bake them from now on). Here they serve them sprinkled with salt and then dipped in Molasses – sounds weird but it really works! Your weekend sounds lovely, I have two girlfriends staying next week from the UK and I hope we eat as well as you all did!

    1. Mmmm… dipped in Molasses, that is certainly something I need to try. I never say “weird” until I try it myself!! Hope you enjoy a fun weekend with your friends!!

  3. I just had eggplant fries for the first time on my girls’ weekend away. They were so good! The restaurant served them with marinara, which was good, but this spicy mayo sounds awesome!!!!

  4. Sriracha! I love this stuff… I could put it on everything… it’s weird how some things you can just stick on almost anything and it never negatively impacts on the taste. I’m all too familiar with the awesomeness of mayo and sriracha together, but not seen these fries before… loving the idea of them!

  5. Always gotta stock up for guests! Mayonnaise and sriracha make for such a great combo. I used the mixture as a coating for the macadamia nut crusted halibut I made the other week. Just the right amount of kick! Such a creative idea to make eggplant fries–never had them before, but they sure look fantastic!

  6. I love eggplant fries. I also make zucchini fries and pair it with a marinara sauce but I like the spicy mayo. I try to use any kind of vegetable that can be cut into fries so my picky 4 year old will eat his veggies! lol
    I never tried sriracha and mayo together so now I have to try this for when I have my adult friends over for a bbq. Sounds like it was an awesome meal!

  7. I thought for sure that this would be fried. I love that it is baked! I love portabello fries and I feel like this would be a similar texture so I am sure I would love it too. That whole meal you described sounds amazing- lucky friends!

  8. I make zucchini fries but never tried eggplant fries, I am really looking forward to trying it.

    Linda, I love all your eggplant recipes, I am a huge fan of eggplants and I already know I’ll love this one. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Yep, Yep, Yep. This is going to be made like tonight. My son would love them and they are good for you two:)/ What a genius idea. Did you come up with this yourself? I am so impressed girl

  10. It sounds like you had a wonderful eating weekend. Eggplant fries…I love the idea. I fry rounds of eggplant for Parmesan and love them when they just come out of the skillet. Doing eggplant your way with a dipping sauce will be a wonderful way to enjoy their crispy goodness.

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