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Fried Eggplant &Mozzarella

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Ingredients
  Eggplant 1 Medium
  Salt 10 Milliliter (2 Teaspoons)
  Mozzarella cheese 6 Ounce (170 Grams, In One Piece)
  Active dry yeast 2 Milliliter (1/2 Teaspoon)
  Water 375 Milliliter, very warm (1 1/2 Cups, 105 Degrees To 115 Degrees Fahrenheit Or 40 Degrees To 46 Degrees Centigrade)
  All purpose flour 375 Milliliter (1 1/2 Cups)
  Pepper 1⁄2 Milliliter (1/8 Teaspoon)
  Olive oil 67 Milliliter (4 1/2 Tablespoons)
  Minced fresh basil/1/2 teaspoon /2 milliliters dried basil, crumbled 7 Milliliter, crumbled (1 1/2 Teaspoons)
  Vegetable oil 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Egg white 1 Large
  Lemon wedges 6
Directions

Rinse eggplant; cut cross wise into 1/4 inch- (0.5 cm) thick slices.
Sprinkle slices with salt; stand slices on edge in colander.
Let stand and drain in sink or over bowl 1 hour.
Cut cheese into 1/8 inch- (0.5 cm) thick slices; trim roughly to diameter of eggplant slices.
Reserve, wrapped in plastic.
Sprinkle yeast over the very warm water in medium bowl; stir until dissolved.
Whisk in 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) of the flour and the pepper until smooth.
Reserve batter at room temperature 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, rinse eggplant and drain well; press slices between paper towels to extract moisture.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons (22 mL) of the olive oil in 12-inch (30 cm) skillet over medium-high heat; add as many eggplant slices as will fit in single layer.
Cook, turning once, until slices are light brown, about 2 minutes per side; remove to paper towel-lined wire rack.
Repeat, using remaining olive oil, until all eggplant slices are browned.
Sprinkle cheese slices with basil.
Place each cheese slice between 2 eggplant slices; press firmly together and dip in remaining flour to coat lightly.
Heat 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) vegetable oil in large saucepan to 350°F (180°C).
Beat egg white in small mixer bowl until stiff but not dry peaks form; fold into yeast batter.
Dip one egg plant sandwich at a time into batter and gently shake off excess; place in hot oil.
Fry 3 to 4 sandwiches at a time, turning once, until light brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
Transfer to paper towel-lined rack to drain.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Fried
Dish: 
Sandwich

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