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Recipe: Healthy Baked Crispy Eggplant


Perfect all by themselves or dipped in homemade tomato sauce, healthy baked crispy eggplant slices is the perfect appetizer to serve for your family and friends!

Today I'm sharing with you one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant with these delicious and healthy baked crispy eggplant slices.  

I say "one" because I really enjoy eating eggplant in a number of different ways, but I really do love it fried.  For years I made this recipe the traditional way of frying the breaded eggplant. But for then I discovered how to bake the eggplant slices and have them come out crispy without the added calories of frying. 


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I like to make eggplant this way to serve as an appetizer with my homemade tomato sauce recipe to use a dipping sauce.  It's such a yummy treat. 

And if I can keep my family from devouring all the eggplant slices, I'll use them to make another favorite recipe, Eggplant Parmesan.  The recipe for Eggplant Parmesan is available on the blog HERE.  It's one of my favorite recipes to order when we're eating out.  

Healthy Baked Crispy Eggplant Recipe 


Here's all you need to make this yummy recipe! This is the first time I used the bar pan from Pampered Chef and it really made the eggplant crispy.  
Baked eggplant ingredients from Walking on Sunshine

I like to peel my eggplant.  Some people don't, so it's really up to you.  You can use a vegetable peeler to peel it or a sharp knife.  
Sliced Eggplant from Walking on Sunshine

You can use seasoned bread crumbs or season them yourself which is what I prefer.  I like to add just dried parsley, salt and pepper.  I keep most of my dried herbs in mason jars and then use these fun chalkboard labels to write on top.  They look nice in my pantry.  One day I'll get around to taking photos of all my mason jars.  They really do keep things fresh!
Add breadcrumbs to the plate for Eggplant from Walking on Sunshine

Dip the eggplant slices in the beaten eggs and then dredge in the breadcrumbs.  
Add the breaded eggplant to the tray from Walking on Sunshine

I've tried brushing the eggplant slices with oil, but they come out too greasy and not crispy.  Use the Cooking Oil Spritzer and spray each eggplant slice.  
Spray the eggplant slices with vegetable oil using the Pampered Chef Oil Spritzer from Walking on Sunshine


Baking the Eggplant...no frying involved!

Flip the eggplant slices halfway through the baking and spray again. 
Baked eggplant on Pampered Chef Bar Pan from Walking on Sunshine

Remove to a wire baking rack. 
Baked Eggplant on baking rack from Walking on Sunshine

Can you see how crispy they look?  And without frying!  
Closeup of unfried eggplant from Walking on Sunshine

Serve with homemade tomato sauce.  
Unfried Eggplant on White Dish with Tomato Sauce from Walking on Sunshine

Dip and enjoy!  
Healthy Baked Crispy Eggplant make a delicious appetizer from Walking on Sunshine.

Eating eggplant this way is really delicious and so much better for you than frying. 
Enjoy healthy baked crispy eggplant dipped in homemade tomato sauce from Walking on Sunshine.


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Healthy Baked Crispy Eggplant

INGREDIENTS:

  • Eggplant; peeled and sliced into rounds.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • Cooking oil spray - see note.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice the eggplant into rounds. I like them pretty thin, but it's really up to you.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs.
  4. In a shallow bowl or pie plate combine the bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper.
  5. Dip one eggplant slice in the egg mixture and then immediately into the bread crumb mixture covering both sides of the eggplant with bread crumbs. Repeat with all the eggplant slices.
  6. Lay the eggplant slices on a baking tray that has been lined with parchment paper or prepared baking pan.
  7. Spray the tops of the eggplant slices with the cooking oil spray.
  8. Bake until the eggplant is golden brown on the bottom; about 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Flip the slices and spray the tops again with the cooking oil spray. Continue baking until the eggplant is soft and the tops are crispy.
  10. Remove from oven and transfer to a baking rack or serving platter. Serve with warm tomato sauce and enjoy!
Note:
  1. I like to use the Pampered Chef cooking oil spritzer.
  2. Total cooking time really depends on how thick the eggplant slices are. The ones in my photos are pretty thin and cooking time was about 12 minutes total.
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Garlic Parmesan Pull Apart Monkey Bread makes another great appetizer recipe.  

Perfect all by themselves or dipped in homemade tomato sauce, healthy baked crispy eggplant slices is the perfect appetizer or treat from Walking on Sunshine.








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3 comments

  1. I love eggplant Lois, thank you for sharing this baked recipe! I will surely try it, I also keep my dried herbs in mason jars! Blessings,
    Sue

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  2. Oh my goodness these look amazing! I love eggplant so these would be perfect for snacking. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!

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  3. I love eggplant! Your recipe sounds delicious!

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