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Eggplant Chips with Honey and Goat Cheese

Eggplant Chips with Honey and Goat Cheese

This dish features a tower of crisp fried eggplant chips drizzled with honey and topped with crumbled goat cheese, strawberries, cucumber, and fresh mint.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 1 Candy Thermometer
  • 1 spider or large slotted spoon
  • 1 mandolin

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Chinese eggplants sliced thin on a mandolin
  • 5-7 strawberries sliced into medallions
  • 2-3 mini cucumbers sliced thin on mandolin
  • 4-6 cups neutral oil for frying
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • cups cold sparkling water **
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 70g (2.5oz) goat cheese crumbled
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • fresh mint leaves for sprinkling

Instructions
 

  • Arrange the sliced eggplant on a large baking sheet and sprinkle them with a little salt. Set the eggplant aside while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
    2 Chinese eggplants
  • Once all the ingredients are prepped, pour the oil into a heavy bottom pot and place over high heat. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it registers between 350 - 375°F. ***
    4-6 cups neutral oil
  • In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour and the salt. Pour in the sparkling water and whisk until no lumps remain.
    1¼ cups all-purpose flour, ½ tsp kosher salt, 1½ cups cold sparkling water **
  • Grab a handful of the eggplant slices and place them in the batter. Give them a swish to ensure they're coated and add them one by one to the oil until you have about 12 in the pot at once. Fry until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the slices from the oil using a spider and transfer them to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Keep in a low 150° F oven. Repeat with the remaining eggplant.
  • Once all the eggplant is fried, arrange them on a platter to form a tower. Drizzle the eggplant with the honey and top with the goat cheese, strawberries, and cucumber. Garnish with sesame seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, and fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately.
    5-7 strawberries, 2-3 mini cucumbers, 3 tbsp honey, 70g (2.5oz) goat cheese, 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, fresh mint leaves

Notes

** You can also use a light lager for this. 
***Try to hold the oil's temperature within this window throughout the frying process.
Keyword cucumber, eggplant, goat cheese, honey, strawberries