Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hunan Eggplant Stir Fry

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. :)

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

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

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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  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!

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

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

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

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

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

  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...:)

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

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

  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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