You won’t miss the meat in this Eggplant Schnitzel. Toasting the panko really does the trick to make this crunchy, tasty and crazy delicious. This recipe was first published in full on the blog A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We are pleased to share it with you here for Weekday Supper.
- 2 large eggplants, about 2 pounds, thick sliced
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup flour
- 1 cup egg substitute (or 4 large eggs lightly beaten)
- 3 tablespoons sweet paprika, divided
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup fat free half and half
- 1½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Dash of nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place the panko on a baking sheet and lightly toast in the oven about 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Place the flour, egg substitute (or eggs), and toasted panko in three, separate shallow dishes. Add 1½ teaspoons paprika to the flour and the panko. Stir to combine. Add the garlic salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to the flour and stir well to combine.
- Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil and swirl to coat.
- Dredge one slice of eggplant in the flour, then eggs, then panko mixture and plate in the skillet. Repeat with enough eggplant to fill the skillet; about 4 to 6 slices depending on how the eggplant was sliced. Cook until golden brown; 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
- Remove from heat and place on a baking sheet topped with an oven safe wire rack. Place on the oven and bake 15 minutes. Repeat with procedure with remaining eggplant slices.
- While the eggplant are cooking, combine the half and half, 1½ tablespoons flour, remaining paprika, and nutmeg in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Once the eggplant are finished cooking, arrange on a plate and drizzle with the paprika sauce. Serve with sautéed purple cabbage and hot, buttered, egg noodles.
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