Recently, I tried to surprise my fiancé by making gluten free eggplant parmesan for dinner after he returned from a business trip. For my first time making it, it turned out great.
Unfortunately, he really doesn’t care for eggplant (which I did not know). He was grateful for the dinner and was a good sport about the whole thing.
But…. I really didn’t want his dislike of eggplant to eliminate it completely from our food repertoire. I had purchased one-too-many eggplants when making the parmesan and needed to use the extra. If I could find an awesome recipe, eggplant wouldn’t become a forbidden veggie (well, technically “fruit”).
I was at my parents’ house and browsing through their spice cabinet trying to get inspired. As soon as I saw the spice, the idea hit me like a beautiful, spicy wave: Crispy Curry Eggplant Fries!
Spices have scared me in the past. But I am so done with bland food. Gluten free food can be tough, but you should never sacrifice good, rich flavor. Spice is a perfect way to bring pizzazz and life into your food.
I used my parents as my taste testers. They agree that the crispier fries (the smaller pieces were crispier) were their favorite, they are FULL of flavor, and there’s a nice slightly spicy “kick” in the aftertaste. It makes a great healthy alternative to fries as a side or an appetizer.
Enjoy this “spicy” (the spices, not the heat) but healthy treat!
Note: I have this recipe listed as gluten free. As always, if you have a severe allergy to gluten or wheat, please check the labels of spices to ensure they contain no (or little) gluten according to your sensitivity. Spices are notorious for containing hidden gluten as they are often processed on equipment that also handles wheat. Read the labels and use caution.