Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hunan Eggplant Stir Fry

Yum
When I'm in the grocery store, I am always seeking a good deal.  A few days ago I got a great deal on Chinese eggplant and grabbed a few pounds to bring home.  Of course once I brought them home I couldn't figure out what to make with them since I am the only eggplant eater in my household.  My husband refuses to eat eggplant and the kids got his "anti-eggplant" gene.  It had to be something I could eat for a few days and not get tired of too quickly.   I decided to just wing a eggplant stir fry and I could not believe how well it came out.  I almost gasped when I put it on the serving plate... it looked like I ordered it from a restaurant.  It was ready in minutes and tasted amazing.  The best part is  I only used 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the entire dish and I'm sure a restaurant would use much, much more.  Plus it only cost me $2 to make the entire dish. Winner, winner... eggplant dinner. :)


Ingredients:
2lbs of Chinese eggplant
1 bunch of green onions chopped (white and greens)
3-4 green chilies (mild) or 1 green bell pepper
2-3 dried red chilies whole
1 inch grated ginger
2 cloves garlic grated
1 Tbs corn starch

Sauce:
1Tbs Chinese Cooking Wine (Shaoxing Wine) or dry sherry
1 Tbs Hoisin Sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp cornstarch

Directions:
 
Cut eggplant into large cubes and toss with cornstarch.  Heat a nonstick wok or frying pan with 1 Tbs canola oil.  Once heated add eggplant and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.



Then add the bell pepper or green chilies, green onions, ginger and garlic.  Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes.  Finish with sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes.



Taste for seasoning then serve hot with rice.  Enjoy.




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13 comments:

  1. Your Hubby and mine need to get together. I can't get either him or Dudette to go near eggplant. Of course, I didn't like it when I was younger either so maybe there's still hope for her; I give up on him. :)

    This looks amazing. I'm drooling here and it's only 10am and I haven't even finished my coffee!

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  2. This looks like something I will be making this weekend...helllooooo yummy stir fry!

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  3. Love love love this! It does looks like a restaurant meal! I think I could convince my eggplant haters to enjoy it!

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  4. Thts a yummy recipe indeed!!! Ahh...looks awesome!!

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  5. mouth watering recipe, looks so inviting...

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  6. This looks amazing and I'm sure way better than any restaurant version. Can't say enough good things about your pictures.

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  7. this looks SO YUMMY. like the real thing! my husband hates egg plant too, but maybe just maybe i could get this by him...:)

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  8. Haha for a minute I thought that said human! But Hunan sounds much more delicious with eggplant :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. very unique recipe, ramona! i like eggplant served any way. :)

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  10. winner winner...eggplant dinner!!! :) What a great concoction you threw together! Eggplant can be a little bland but with a little chili and that sauce you made, I do bet this is delicious. It certainly looks delicious!

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