Fried Eggplant with Tomato Basil Bruschetta

by Judy Griffin on July 31, 2013

One of my my favorite scrumptious meal using the summer's abundant bounty.

One of my my favorite scrumptious meal using the summer’s abundant bounty.

Ingredients

  • 2 Farm fresh Eggplants, sliced thinly
  • 2 eggs (you may need additional batter)
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 c. Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Organic Bread Crumbs  (I use Trader  Joe’s Organic Bread Crumbs. You can also make with Gluten Free Bread Crumbs)
  • 4 or more tbsp of Grape Seed Oil (add more as needed as you are cooking)

Bruschetta

  • 6 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of basil chopped into thin small pieces (about 10 leaves)
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh or dried oregano (optional)
  • Dash or Celtic Sea Salt

Directions

  1. Best to prepare Bruschetta before you start cooking-(Just mix ingredients in a bowl & set aside)
  2. Preheat a large stainless steel frying pan –must be really hot
  3. Mix egg & water together for batter
  4. Add 1-2 tbsp oil and heat for 1 minute
  5. While oil is heating dip eggplant in batter and fry in pan until browned and crispy (about 3 minutes on each side)
  6. When done set aside top with Tomato Basil Bruschetta and serve

Serves 6. (Depending on size of eggplants this recipe should yield about 20 slices. These are great heated up so having leftovers is ideal.)

This recipe is chockfull of Nutritional Treasures.

  • Eggplant is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, copper and thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and niacin.
  • Tomatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including, of course, their oftentimes-rich concentration of lycopene.
  • Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K as well as a very good source of iron, calcium, vitamin A, dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium.
  • Red Onions  are an ideal source of an anti-oxidant quercetin which offers anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s also  good source of immune-supportive vitamin C, . They manganese,vitamin B6, fiber, folate, and potassium.

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