1/2 cup all-purpose flour or cornstarch
Vegetable oil, for deep frying
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 small eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices and then quartered
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling eggplant
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
Marinara sauce (optional)
Step 1 # Place the egg, flour, and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Stir in ½ tsp of salt to the egg and mix. Coat each slice of eggplant in flour, then dunk in egg mixture.
Step 2 # Finally, coat the eggplant in bread crumbs, pressing to assure they stick. Allow eggplant to dry a little on a paper towel before cooking.
Step 3 # Heat about one inch of oil in a large frying pan, and cook eggplant until light brown, about 1-2 minutes. Drain on a paper towel, and season with salt and pepper or marinara sauce, if desired.