Monday, 30 June 2008

Super Sides

Having a great main meal means you have to have a great side dish. You can ruin an entire meal by serving the wrong accompaniments.

A good steak only needs proper seasoning and cooking, but what you serve with the steak will result in that meal being remembered or quickly forgotten. This is what makes a "good restaurant" great and an "okay restaurant" - just okay!

These brinjal steaks are a great side dish and make a perfect main for any vegetarians who might be sharing the table!

Brinjal Steaks

3 Medium Brinjal (Aubergine) sliced long ways, about 1cm thick
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Bread Crumbs
2 Teaspoons Salt
2 Teaspoons Black Pepper or Jenny Morris Volcanic Spice
20 ml Black Sesame Seeds
2 beaten Eggs for Dipping
Oil for Frying

Drench the brinjal slices in the flour (Ziploc is the answer for no messing).
Dip the slices in the egg.
Mix all the other dry ingredients together (Ziploc again).
Drench the egged slices in the breadcrumb mixture.
Heat the oil to medium hot and fry until golden brown.
Serve hot.


Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

What a great idea, thx for sharing! How was your weekend in Stilbaai?

Kevin said...

Nice way to serve aubergine!

Rose&Thorn said...

Nina - Thanks It was great to be "home" with Mom.
Kevin - Thanks, it tastes really good.

glamah16 said...

Thosew look really great. I can imagine them as a main course too.

Rose&Thorn said...

Glamah - They work very well as a main. So often vegetarians are sold short when eating out, this is made to impress.

Bridgett said...

Oh what a great idea!! Most recipes I come across for aubergine have been grilled lately. I am curious, what is in the Volcanic Spice?

Rose&Thorn said...

Bridgett - This is not the healthiest option, but sometimes you have to live a little! Volcanic Spice is a local product made by a friend of mine Jenny Morris - you can google her- The Giggling Gourmet!

Jeanne said...

Clever - I love experimanting with vegetable main course options for when I'm entertaining vegetarian friends. This looks like a winner.

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - This one was a surprise for me too. The sesame seeds really work well.

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