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July 4th 2007


Chef Scott Serpas of Two Urban Licks
Chef Scott Sepas

Two Urban Licks
820 Ralph McGill Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 522-4622
Eggplant Parmesan Hush Puppies with Blue Cheese Dressing
Chef Scott Serpas of Two Urban Licks – Atlanta, GA
Adapted by StarChefs.com
June 2007

Yield:1 Servin

Ingredients:

    Breading Mixture:
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1½ seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1½ cups buttermilk

    Eggplant Mixture:
  • 4 eggplants
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced small
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, skinned and diced
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

    Blue Cheese Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ cup blue cheese
  • ¼ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cups rice vinegar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons chives

    Assemble and Serve:
  • Cooking oil

Method:
For the Breading Mixture:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix vigorously until mixture is smooth and free of lumps.

For the Eggplant Mixture:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut the eggplants in half and score in a diamond pattern.  Rub ¼ cup olive oil generously over the entire surface and season with salt and pepper. Roast eggplant halves in the oven for 45 minutes. Heat ¼ cup olive oil in a sauté pan, sweat the onions until translucent and add the garlic and tomatoes. Remove eggplant from the oven, scrape the insides onto a cutting board with a large spoon and add to the onions and tomatoes in the sauté pan. Cook the eggplant mixture on low heat for 20-30 minutes. Add in the bread crumbs, herbs and cheese and season with salt and pepper. Remove sauté pan from flame and spread contents onto a sheet pan. Roll the eggplant mixture in to ½-ounce balls and deep fry

For the Blue Cheese Dressing:
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl until mixture reaches a thick, creamy consistency.

To Assemble and Serve:
Heat oil to 350°F. Scoop the eggplant mixture out of the sheet pan and roll into a bite-sized, ½ ounce balls. Coat each ball with the Breading Mixture. Fry for 2 minutes or until golden brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer Hush Puppies to a paper towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Serve hot in a basket with a side dish of Blue Cheese Dressing.

 

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