I think it was Uncle Bob who posted this idea, and I just tried them for the first time tonight!
They were delicious! Crunchy on the outside, and almost like melted cheese on the inside! They are best right out of the hot oil, and they suffer from cooling and/or being kept in a wam oven.
Thanks for the idea, UB!
Had them with grilled lamb burgers tonight!
4 Japanese eggplant, peeled and cut into "steak fries"
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 eggs, beaten
Oil for frying
Salt the peeled and cut eggplant and let drain in a colander for half hour. Mix the flour with cornmeal and add seasonings in a shallow dish (I like Tony Cachere's, but others use cayenne).
Beat eggs in another dish.
After a half hour, rinse the eggplant of salt and pat dry. Heat oil in pan.
Dip eggplant fries in beaten egg, then in flour/cornmeal mixture. Drop into hot oil and fry till golden brown.