Crispy Eggplant With Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Use smaller eggplants, which are less bitter. Look for eggplants with a small, round dimple versus the deep, long groove in the bottom.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 36 Minutes
Total: 36 Minutes


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds (about 1 lb.)
  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (8-oz.) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 8 (1/4-inch-thick) rounds
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Balsamic vinegar


  1. 1. Whisk together eggs and 1 Tbsp. water until blended.
  2. 2. Cut tomatoes into 16 (1/8-inch-thick) slices. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels.
  3. 3. Dredge eggplant in 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in remaining 1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips.
  4. 4. Cook eggplant, in batches, in hot oil in a 10-inch (3-inch-deep) skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place on a wire rack, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. 5. Cut cheese rounds in half. Arrange eggplant, cheese, and tomatoes on a serving platter; sprinkle with basil, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
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