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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.

Southern Living JULY 2009

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings
  • 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. Whisk together eggs and 1 Tbsp. water until blended.

2. Cut tomatoes into 16 (1/8-inch-thick) slices. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels.

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. 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. 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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