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Baked Fried Eggplant

What you need: 

vegetable cooking spray, as needed
2 medium to large eggplants, peeled and sliced into rounds
1/2-1 cup Italian salad dressing, as needed (I use fat free)
1/2-1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs, as needed

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Dip eggplant slices into the Italian dressing. Allow the excess dressing to drip off (too much dressing will wet the vegan breadcrumbs and make them a pain to work with).
2. Coat the eggplant with the vegan breadcrumbs and place on prepared cookie sheet. Lightly spray the eggplant with the vegetable spray.
3. Bake until brown and crispy turning at least once (about 10 to 15 minutes).
I like to serve the eggplant with pasta and tomato sauce, but I have been known to just eat the slices off of the cookie sheet right out of the oven!

Preparation Time: 
20-30 min
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
4

SO HOW'D IT GO?

We didn't have Italian dressing, so we dipped it in melted EB and added some extra seasoning to the bread crumbs.

what's "EB"??

(looking for a replacement for the italian salad dressing..)

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I've never peeled an eggplant. The skin gives it texture (and flavor). I think the only time I would peel it, is if it was REALLY huge (and probably tough), or I knew it would be bitter.

Thank you!!!

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I've never cooked eggplant before... I don't think I've eaten eggplant before... does this HAVE to be peeled?  A couple of the pictures look like the skin was left on...  Thanks in advance for any help, can't wait to try this!  =)

I've never peeled an eggplant. The skin gives it texture (and flavor). I think the only time I would peel it, is if it was REALLY huge (and probably tough), or I knew it would be bitter.

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I've never cooked eggplant before... I don't think I've eaten eggplant before... does this HAVE to be peeled?  A couple of the pictures look like the skin was left on...  Thanks in advance for any help, can't wait to try this!  =)

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To my surprise this simple ingredient recipe was phenomenal!!!!!! My non-vegan bf thought it was amazing! I paired the eggplant with marinara sauce and vegan parmesan on....

Thanks for this recipe!!!!

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I usually cook them longer, probably more like 30 min - or until they are brown. See if this helps!

They turned out much better with the increased cooking time, thanks for the tip!

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I usually cook them longer, probably more like 30 min - or until they are brown. See if this helps!

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This was pretty good, but is the eggplant supposed to be soft?  I was expecting it to be crispy so that through me off.  I kept them in the oven for closer to 20 minutes and they never got crispy.

It was my first time trying eggplant, so just wondering!

Thanks

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Being the queen of sandwiches, I put a slice or two of this between two slices of sesame Ezekial bread spread with hummus, and then top it with fire roasted chopped tomatoes. One of my favorites!

:)>>>

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This is amazing and my first try at cooking eggplant. I never liked it in the past after having a bad experience at *whispers* olive garden in my non vegan days and then another bad one with egg! Yuck. After that, I  never touched the stuff but thought that I'd give it another chance and it turned out amazing, I topped it with my favorite pasta sauce and it was great. I made the Italian Salad dressing and found it less messy than expected. Thank you!  :)>>>

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