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Chosen Eats: Rosh Hashanah Recipe – Eggplant Fritters with Honey

Recipe by Mari Levine

All it takes is 6 ingredients to make great eggplant fritters!

Brisket, kugel and challah get a lot of Rosh Hashanah love, but to me, the Jewish New Year will always be the “apples and honey” holiday. This sweet pairing is the first thing most people—both those who celebrate it and those who don’t—think of when they consider the food. It’s certainly a tried-and-true combination, but it’s not the only way to ensure you have a sweet new year. So how about switching it up?

This recipe for eggplant fritters uses shallow-fried crispy eggplant slices instead of apples, and an hour-long soak in milk that prevents the vegetable from getting soggy.

1½ pounds globe eggplants, sliced widthwise into ¼-inch rounds
2 cups milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
Canola oil
Salt
Honey

1. Place eggplant slices in large bowl. Pour milk over eggplant, making sure all slices are covered. Place small plate on top of eggplant slices to keep them submerged. Allow to soak for 1 hour. Meanwhile, spread flour in shallow plate and line a baking sheet with paper towels.

2. After eggplant is done soaking, add ½ inch of oil to 12-inch skillet and heat over medium-high until oil registers 350 degrees. (Eggplant slices should sizzle when you place them in the oil.)

3. Drain eggplant, and working in small batches of 6 or 7 slices, dredge eggplant in flour. Shake off excess flour, and carefully lay eggplant in oil. Fry until first side is golden brown, about 3 minutes, then flip over using tongs. Fry until second side is golden brown, another 2 minutes, and then transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.

4. Immediately sprinkle eggplant fritters with salt. Repeat frying process with remaining eggplant, replacing paper towels as they get saturated with oil. When ready to serve, drizzle fritters with honey.

Browse JewishBoston’s recipe collection for old favorites and new ideas for your holiday table. And browse the 18Doors High Holiday recipe index.

Reprinted with permission from JewishBoston.com. Chosen Eats appears every Thursday on JewishBoston.com.


Mari Levine

Mari Levine is a freelance food writer and an editor for America’s Test Kitchen, where she combines her journalism and culinary degrees from Brandeis University and Johnson & Wales, respectively, with her restaurant and lifelong eating experience. When she’s not working hoisin sauce into everything she eats or binging on anything sandwiched between two slices of bread, she can be found on her bike, engrossed in a documentary, or playing sports that involve throwing and/or catching a ball (the latest: flag football).

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Author: Mari Levine