Served as an easy vegetarian side dish or entree, this eggplant will delight even the most picky eater. The eggplant becomes tender in the oven and absorbs the flavors of tomato, onion, and bell pepper for a wonderful Middle Eastern dish. I made this dish for Thanksgiving; it was a big hit with my Armenian grandmother! Serve with sides of tabuli salad, hummus, and a whole wheat pita. I hope you enjoy this taste of Armenia from my family to yours!
- 2 pounds fresh okra, sliced in 1/8 inch pieces
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 6 packets instant grits
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- salt and black pepper to taste
- ½ cup oil for frying, or as needed
Combine okra, tomato, and onion in a large bowl. Add the grits, eggs, salt, and pepper and blend together using your hands.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Form patties 2 1/2 inches in diameter, about 1/2 the size of a hamburger. Place the fritter in the pan and cook until golden brown, about five minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook until browned on the other side, about five minutes more. Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.
Prep time: 30 mins / Cooking time: 45 mins / Total time: 1 hr 20 mins
Serving: 4 / Yield: 4 servings