Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant is a crunchy and delicious way to enjoy eggplant, topped with juicy marinara sauce! 

Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant is a crunchy and delicious way to enjoy eggplant, topped with juicy marinara sauce! #vegan #meatless #meatlessmondays #dinner #glutenfree

It’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of July. It’s been quite an eventful mid summer to say the least; though my leg is still broken the healing process is going well and I’ve been able to start swimming on it. Swimming was one of the things I was afraid of not being able to do, and being a water sign and doing synchronised swimming throughout my latter part of high school and coaching for three years, it’s something I’ve missed majorly. I might not be able to do a ballet leg as straight as I could before, but I’m getting there!

If you follow me on Instagram, you also know that I got my Law School Exam Results (Bar Exams) and I PASSED! I’m yet to collect my actual grades but once I saw my name on the pass list all sorts of weight on my shoulder that I didn’t know was there washed away immediately. It’s weird that now, after many many years and 23 years of life, I’m no longer a student. I’ve been so used to writing “Occupation: Student” that I have no idea what to put now and writing unemployed is a bit daunting to say! I will stick to student until called to the bar and I can officially write “Lawyer” – which is probably going to be one of the coolest moments of my life.

Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant is a crunchy and delicious way to enjoy eggplant, topped with juicy marinara sauce! #vegan #meatless #meatlessmondays #dinner #glutenfreeIt’s interesting how life continues to move on despite itself and it’s up to us to just keep on moving. This meal reminds of that since I made it without Mr. Bakes being there, and to be honest I was quite proud of myself. Wheeling around the kitchen in a chair, pedalling myself back and forth with eggplants hand in tow to oven amidst the Germany-Brazil match (which was brutal) I was just reminded that we have to make the best of our circumstances.

This eggplant was certainly the best of circumstances. I knew I wanted to bread them, but I wasn’t sure with what until I stumbled across a bag of almonds in my cupboard. I’m a lover of all things almond so it seemed to work perfectly. Next in line was me stumbling across a recipe by Je Sues Alimentageuse using almond-crusted eggplant (faith?) that I followed with regards to baking temperate and they came out perfectly. I loved that they crisped out and shaped out almost like chips after baking but still maintained a balanced amount of moisture. The almond crust was definitely my favourite part, and if I could I probably would have eaten it by itself! I used my homemade marinara sauce  but you can use any canned marinara sauce. I think it adds a great flavour touch to the eggplant and reminded me of mini cheeseless pizzas. I’m definitely looking into buying way more eggplants for what’s left of this summer for more delicious recipes.

Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant is a crunchy and delicious way to enjoy eggplant, topped with juicy marinara sauce! #vegan #meatless #glutenfree

 

Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant

Preparation 20 min Cook Time 30 min Serves 3     adjust servings

Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant is a crunchy and delicious way to enjoy eggplant, topped with juicy marinara sauce!

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 cup almonds, grounded
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • Non-stick olive oil spray or 2 teaspoon of olive oil.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. On a greased cookie sheet, slice and place eggplant slices down and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. This well help to remove the moisture allow it to crisp up more while baking. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. IN a food processor, ground the almonds, remaining salt, pepper and garlic until finer but still slightly coarse texture.
  4. After eggplants have rested for 10 minutes, spray with non-stick olive oil, or coat with olive oil on each side and coat sides in almond mix and place back on cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, 15 minutes on each side, until crisp.
  6. Serve with marinara sauce on top or by dipping it in there.

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Recipe Notes

Inspired by Je suis Alimentageuse

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32 comments

  1. Congratulations on passing the bar! I work with law students and I know how stressful that whole entire experience is–major high five to you! Also, major high five to this meal. I love eggplant but have never thought to make it like this. Sounds delicious!

  2. Ashley says:

    Congrats on passing your bar exams!!! That’s so exciting! You deserve it lady!

    And this sounds wonderful. I’ve really been trying to eat more eggplant and I love the almond crust!

  3. So happy for you girl!! I love the idea of using almonds instead of bread crumbs or panko!

  4. Baby June says:

    That looks delicious! Love the almond crust, sounds yummy. 🙂

  5. Sounds amazing!! What a great idea and beautiful photos!

  6. Congratulations on passing the bar!!! What a wonderful payoff after what I can imagine is many years of very hard work.

    I adore this recipe and look forward to making it soon.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
    Love this recipe too

  8. Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong says:

    Congratulation!!!
    Wow!! almonds and eggplant looks and sounds oh so delicious… amazing!! 🙂

  9. Congratulations on passing your bar exams!!! That’s so so so exciting!!
    Your recipe today makes me mouth water. Love this Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant!

  10. Congratulations ‘almost’ lawyer. I like almonds a lot but I have never used them in this way (apart from in crumble). Like it.

  11. Congrats Jess!!! I’m so proud of you!! Those are fantastic news! Aaaaand this eggplant dish looks amazing too. Love the almond coating – it’s such a brilliant idea! Also, wishing you a speedy recovery – I’m so happy that you can swim again!

  12. Oh wow that looks unbelievable!

  13. Congratularion! Sounds like you have such an exciting road ahead of you! I love the twist on this eggplant. Such a creative idea to crust with almond!

  14. Kelly says:

    Yay, congratulations Jessica! That’s so exciting and you totally deserve it 🙂
    I love eggplant and the almond crust is such a fab idea! Looks delicious!

  15. HURRAY! For you, Jessica! What a tremendous accomplishment! You must be on cloud 9 after receiving the news! And there you are with a broken leg, running (rolling) around the kitchen, preparing, cooking, photographing! Good grief! I’m cross eyed just thinking about it! I appreciate this delectable recipe. I love eggplant and the almond crust is a mouthwatering addition! Thank you, Jessica! Three cheers to you! YaY!!

    • Jessica says:

      Aww thank you Traci! You’re so kind!! Mr. Bakes helps a WHOLE lot too!

  16. Monica says:

    Omg – congrats on passing the Bar! There better be some major celebrating at your house!! : )

    Your almond crusted eggplant looks amazing. I love anything with almond and it’s such a nice surprise here! I keep thinking to myself that I want to cook more with eggplant and haven’t so this is making me feel both guilty and very hungry.

  17. Congratulations, Jessica!
    These almond encrusted eggplants look mouthwatering.

  18. CONGRATS, Jessica! What an accomplishment for you! Keep up the awesome work, girly! And this eggplant! OMG I have about 5 gorgeous eggplants from my garden sitting on my counter right now and now I know what I’m gonna use them for! Love the sound of an almond-breading and marinara sauce on top! Pinned. 🙂

  19. Congrats on passing your tests! What a great way to celebrate with this eggplant!

  20. Nadira Nancy says:

    I’ve never found a way to enjoy eggplant. It always seems Disgusting. BUT you make it look so yummy. After read your this recipe I am interested to cook it.

    • Jessica says:

      I’m SO glad you liked it Victoria! I left you a comment but do you mind if I share your picture on my Facebook Page?

  21. Desirae says:

    THIS WAS PHENOMENAL. I personally enjoy this with Daiya mozzarella cheese on top..it has been a hit with all the meat eaters thus far. 2 Thumbs up :)) thanks for sharing & Blessings to you on your journey to becoming a lawyer <3

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Desirae,

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you so much for your blessings and Happy New Year!

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