Crispy Baked Eggplant with Sweet and Spicy Sauce (Paleo)

crispy-baked-eggplant-paleo-perchancetocook.com-3One of my favorite parts about following a non-processed food diet has to be the amount of fruits and vegetables that are incorporated into my daily life. I’ve been discovering new ones and I’ve also been eating a lot of fruits fruits and vegetables that I rarely ate before. Like eggplant. I’d say that I used to eat eggplant about once a year and now I have it about twice a month. Crispy Baked Eggplant with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce is my new favorite way to eat it!

crispy-baked-eggplant-paleo-perchancetocook.com-4Because I am eating more fruits and vegetables, I want (and need) to increase the variety of ways that I prepare them. Which is why I have been on a mission to find creative ways to spice them up.

crispy-baked-eggplant-paleo-perchancetocook.comThis recipe was inspired by an appetizer that I had at a Japanese restaurant near my house. This restaurant has reverse happy hour ALL day on the weekends. How could I pass that up?! So, prior to going, I did what I always do… I read reviews online. Many of the reviews said to order the eggplant tempura with sweet and spicy sauce. So I did and it was awesome! I instantly wanted to try to make a Paleo version and came up with this.

crispy-baked-eggplant-paleo-perchancetocook.com-1It turned out to be a wonderful treat. The eggplant is soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. It also tastes great with Paleo Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce. And I never pass up an opportunity to eat that sauce. ;)

crispy-baked-eggplant-paleo-perchancetocook.com-2This Crispy Baked Eggplant recipe is perfect for appetizers and snacks. One eggplant is probably enough for two very hungry people or as an appetizer for four. Enjoy!

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Crispy Baked Eggplant with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce (Paleo)
 
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Serves: 4+
Ingredients
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1½ cup almond flour
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp onion powder
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs (whisked together in a bowl)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cover a baking sheet in aluminum foil and slather a little bit of olive oil onto the foil. (I like using a pastry brush to do this)
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the almond flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, onion powder, and pepper together.
  4. Cut the eggplant into thin slices and quarter the slices (if you like).
  5. Dip each piece into the whisked eggs and then dunk them in the almond flour mixture.
  6. Place the pieces onto the baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Set the oven to Broil and broil them for 1½ minutes (watch them closely to make sure they don't burn).
  9. Enjoy!

 


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