Sunny's Beer-Battered Eggplant Fries with Nunya Business Tzatziki Dip

Total Time:
50 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Dip:
  • 8 ounces chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Eggplant:
  • 2 eggplant, peeled and cut into fry-length spears (avoid the seeded center)
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning blend
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Batter:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Greek seasoning blend
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Kosher salt
  • About 12 ounces beer
  • Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
  • Lemon wedges, for squeezing
  • Kosher salt
Directions
  • For the dip: In a food processor, add the cream cheese, dill, cucumber and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice and pulse until smooth. Taste and add more lemon juice if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • For the eggplant: Place the eggplant spears on a baking sheet and lightly brush with the oil just to coat. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Greek seasoning, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Add the eggplant in batches and coat with the flour mixture, shaking to remove the excess, then remove to a plate.

  • For the batter: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Greek seasoning, lemon zest and a nice pinch of salt until combined. Slowly whisk in the beer until you achieve a pancake batter consistency; you may not use all of the beer. Allow the batter to rest 5 minutes. If it thickens, loosen with a bit more beer.

  • Heat a fryer filled with oil to the proper level or a pot with about 2 inches of oil to 365 degrees F.

  • In batches, dunk the flour-coated eggplant spears into the batter, shake off the excess and gently place in the oil. Fry until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes, making sure to maintain an oil temperature around 350 degrees F. Remove the eggplant to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately spritz lightly with lemon juice and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve immediately with the chilled dip.

Cook's Note: You can find Greek seasoning-often a mix of onion, garlic, oregano and other Mediterranean herbs--at the grocery store in the spice aisle. Or use a favorite recipe and make it on your own.


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