Most oven roasted veggies are delicious, but eggplant in particular is one I never quite enjoyed. Don’t get me wrong, I love using eggplant in many dishes, but never really liked it plain, mainly due to it’s texture. Now if you tell me they have a light crispy exterior to them and taste like fries, I’m sold! I already have a few baked crispy veggies in the archives, but these new Baked Crispy Eggplant Rounds have become very popular and deserved a post all to themselves.
After I developed my Portobello Mushroom Fries, I have my favorite method for coating/breading to give that great airy, crispy exterior we all love. If you dip them in some vegan ranch or chipotle aioli, they become the perfect afternoon snack, school lunch side, or appetizer. Combine them with my garlic basil vegan ricotta and some marinara for some healthy eggplant stacks. There’s really not much else to say about these other than MAKE THEM! These Baked Crispy Eggplant Rounds are being featured in a new recipe coming to the blog next week, so be sure to check back!
Baked Crispy Eggplant Rounds
- 2 large eggplants , cut into 3/4-inch thick rounds
- plain or planko breadcrumbs , or gluten-free breadcrumbs
- Toss the eggplant rounds with some sea salt, and place in a colander over the sink for about 30 minutes. The salt will help remove moisture from the eggplant.
- Dry the eggplant rounds by patting with a paper napkin or towel to remove any moisture released.
- Add some of the breadcrumbs into a bowl for coating. Add more as needed after you start breading the eggplant rounds (the reason for starting out with the minimum needed is so if the breadcrumbs end up clump due to the batter then you may need to replace them entirely with fresh breadcrumbs).
- In another medium bowl , combine all the ingredients for the Batter in the order listed and whisk until completely mixed.
- Dredge each eggplant round into the batter to coat thoroughly on both sides and then dip into the breadcrumbs on both sides and edges. Place the breaded eggplant rounds on the parchment lined baking sheet. Note: Keep the whisk handy so that you can quickly whisk the batter mixture when needed if you feel like the contents of the batter start to settle (this will probably happen after prepping 2-3 eggplant rounds).
- Once all the eggplant rounds are breaded and placed in a single layer on the baking sheet, sprinkle some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, and bake them in the oven for a total of 20-25 minutes.
- Flip half way through so that they bake for 10-12 minutes on each side or until lightly golden brown and crispy on both sides.