I made this delicious eggplant appetizer a while ago and have used this recipes many times since, these are so good! The batter and frying method also makes wonderful breaded eggplant slices to use with eggplant Parmesan type dishes. I found this one here at foodnetwork.com, thank you to Emeril for this wonderful recipe :)
New Orleans Fried Eggplant Sticks
6 cups vegetable oil -- for frying
1 large, long eggplant (about 2 pounds) -- I used two smaller ones
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup powdered sugar
Heat the oil in a large, heavy saute pan to 360 degrees F. I used my large electric skillet for the frying, makes it easier since it has an automatic temperature control knob.
Dip in powdered sugar as you eat. I just lightly dusted them with the powdered sugar.
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
I absolutely loved this recipe and it is now one of my favorite ways to prepare eggplant, I don't do it too often since they are fried, but they sure are yummy. The seasoning blend does make these a touch spicy so I decrease it when making these for the kids, but I'm sure most adults would like the kick. It definitely has that "bam" factor :) The powdered sugar was an interesting addition and if you like spicy savory sweet all combined, which I do, you will love it.
I think these would be a great appetizer for a Cajun dinner -- but make sure you serve these hot right after they come out of the fryer because they do get soggy kind of quickly, that's just the nature of the eggplant in this recipe. If you give this a try I hope you like it, if you are an eggplant fan, I'm pretty sure you will!