Greek Fried Eggplant (Aubergine) (Melitzanes Tiganites)

"My mother made this a lot and we loved it!"
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  • For Fritter Batter: Sift 1 cup plain flour and a pinch of salt into a bowl.
  • Add 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon oil and 3/4 cup lukewarm water.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes then fold in stiffly beaten egg white. Use immediately.
  • Wash and dry eggplant. I place paper towels over and under the eggplant to soak up all the liquid. Just keep changing them for a while until they quit getting really wet.
  • Cut into 1/4 inch slices and spread out on trays.
  • Sprinkle with salt and leave for 1 hour.
  • Pat dry with paper towels and coat with flour or fritter batter. I like the fritter batter.
  • Shallow fry in hot oil until golden brown and crisp on each side - 10 minutes in all.
  • Drain on paper towel and serve hot with Garlic Sauce (optional).

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  1. I went to school in Montreal and there was this restaurant on St. Laurent called Mezze that served the BEST fried eggplant appetizer and tzatziki sauce I had ever had. Being so far from there now, this really satisfied my craving for just that. I loved the fritter batter (I added a pinch of cayenne and paprika to it) but I thinned it out with a couple tbsps of water. My eggplant cooked faster, more like 5 mins total. Thanks for posting this wonderful food memory!
  2. EXCELLENT fritter batter for fried melitzanes. It was simple to make mixture, dip eggplants, and fry. I will use this technique from now on, instead of just egg/flour wash I use to make. Greekgal, thanks for posting, as it made our appy so much tastier. P.S. I also topped with your skorthalia ~ YUMMO !!!


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