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Playing How to Make Eggplant Schnitzel with Whipped Honey and Schug | Rachael Ray

Rachael makes a meatless (but meaty!) schnitzel with eggplant and tops it whipped honey, fried capers + a spicy green herb sauce.  

Schnitzel is typically made with meat (get her Chicken Schnitzel recipe here), but as Rach writes in her new book, "Even if you're a carnivore, eggplant schnitzel is pretty magical—and surprisingly meaty—if you take the time to salt the eggplant." The recipe was originally published in the Harvest 2020 issue of Rachael Ray in Season, and Rachael loved it so much that she decided to also share it in her book, which comes out Tuesday, November 9th.

This Must Be The Place By Rachael Ray

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Excerpted from This Must Be the Place by Rachael Ray. Copyright © 2021 by Rachael Ray. Used with permission by Ballantine Books. All rights reserved. 

For more recipes from Rachael's new book, check out her Everything Chili with Tortilla Tops and Turkey Breast Roulade with Simple Gravy. 

Ingredients

For the Peppery Cumin and Caraway Spice Blend:
  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons white peppercorns
For the Spicy Green Herb Sauce (Schug or Zhug):
  • 2 cups cilantro tops
  • 1 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley tops
  • ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 4 or 5 fresh red bird’s eye chiles, stemmed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Peppery Cumin and Caraway Spice Blend
  • Scant 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Juice of 2 limes or 1 lemon
  • ½ cup EVOO
For the Eggplant Schnitzel:
  • 2 to 3 firm eggplants
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Peppery Cumin and Caraway Spice Blend
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Safflower or canola oil, for frying
  • Whipped honey (available at some markets and online)
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • ¼ cup drained capers
  • Schug

Yield

Serves: 4

Preparation

For the spice blend, heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the spices and toast, tossing frequently, until fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Let the spices cool, then transfer them to a spice grinder and pulse until powdery. Makes about ½ cup. 

For the spicy green herb sauce (schug), in a food processor, pulse all of the ingredients except the EVOO until the herbs are finely chopped. With the machine running, slowly stream in the EVOO, mixing until the sauce is smooth. Makes 1 ½ to 2 cups. 

For the eggplant schnitzel, slice the eggplants lengthwise into planks ¼- to ½-inch thick. Salt generously on both sides and transfer to paper towels to drain for 30 minutes.  

Set up a dredging station: In one shallow dish, season the flour with some salt and pepper. In a second shallow dish, whisk the eggs and mustard. In a third dish, mix the breadcrumbs, panko, cumin and caraway spice blend and nutmeg.  

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat ½ inch safflower oil over medium to medium-high heat. Line a large sheet pan with foil and top with a wire rack. Preheat the oven to 275°F. 

Pat the eggplant planks dry. Coat the eggplant first in the flour, then in the egg and finally the breadcrumbs. Working in batches, fry until deep golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to the wire rack to drain. While they’re warm, spread a thin layer of honey on the eggplant. Transfer to the oven to keep warm while you fry the rest. 

In a small skillet, heat the EVOO over medium-high to high heat. Add the capers and fry until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.  

Arrange the eggplant on a platter. Top with the fried capers and schug.