Years later. I mean many years later, when my parents moved to Manhattan, they went to the same restaurant. Mom was finally going to get the original eggplant fries. But, they weren't on the menu! So Daddy asked the waiter if there was any chance and he said he'd never heard of them and he'd been working there for a decade. But the owner was there so he went to get him. The owner, very apologetically, said they had never had eggplant fries. "We have zucchini fries, could you be thinking of those?"
Yup, the family favorite we had enjoyed for so many years wasn't even what Daddy had eaten that night! (We all tried substituting zucchini and while OK, they were no match for the eggplant version.)
So tonight I made air fryer eggplant fries. They were not the same. BUT, in some ways they were better! They were not as crisp by a long shot. But, they were way more eggplant-y tasting. And quite delicious. And way easier. And way less messy. And no fry smell in the house.
I found this on the internet so it's what I used and I'm very happy with it.
1 Medium eggplant
¼ cup Cornstarch
¼ cup Olive Oil
¼ cup Water
1 pinch salt
1. Preheat the Airfryer to 390F (I just turned it on while I got the already cut fries coated.)
2. Cut eggplant to ½ in x 3in
3. In a mixing bowl combine cornstarch, olive oil, water, and eggplant. Mix and coat eggplant evenly.
4. Place the eggplant fries into the Airfryer. Cook for 12-13 minutes or until eggplant starts to brown.
I actually cooked them for 10 minutes at 400. I think I'm going to drop the them down a bit and shoot for longer. And since they don't hold their fry shape, cube cut would work as well. I tossed them around a couple of times during the cooking but I think next time I'm going to be a little more vigilant about making sure each gets turned.
I will absolutely be doing this again. A vegetable I like??? Very rare indeed.
I did watch Money Monster. I found a half price rental coupon in my Google Play Store account. Nice.
I also made two dolls and a bear. Not a bad haul for the day.