Eggplant Jerky

By October 20, 2015

Oven-dried & sweetened eggplant strips make a great veggie snack and store well in a closed container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Minimal effort but a long time in cooking, these can also be made in a dehydrator if you have one. Inspired by Eileen's "Everyone Eats Right" Eggplant Bacon-Jerky Recipe.

 1 eggplant
 1/4 cup sunflower oil
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
 Chili or Cayenne powder (to taste)
 fine grain sea/pink salt
1

Remove the top and bottom of the eggplant and slice thinly the long way. Cut strips into desired shape-- long and skinny or short and wide.

2

Mix together all the marinade ingredients: oil, vinegar, maple syrup or honey, and chili or cayenne powder. Start with a little and add more heat next time if you like. Marinate for 1 hour.

3

Turn your oven to the lowest possible setting.
Arrange the eggplant slices on parchment-paper-lined baking sheets, crack on a little bit of salt, and bake for 7-10 hours. Try to keep an oven-glove jamming open the door to allow moisture to escape so the eggplant becomes as crispy as possible rather than too chewy.

4

Check occasionally, and mop up any extra oil that may be puddling.
Allow to dry out on a wire rack, and then enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 eggplant
 1/4 cup sunflower oil
 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
 Chili or Cayenne powder (to taste)
 fine grain sea/pink salt

Directions

1

Remove the top and bottom of the eggplant and slice thinly the long way. Cut strips into desired shape-- long and skinny or short and wide.

2

Mix together all the marinade ingredients: oil, vinegar, maple syrup or honey, and chili or cayenne powder. Start with a little and add more heat next time if you like. Marinate for 1 hour.

3

Turn your oven to the lowest possible setting.
Arrange the eggplant slices on parchment-paper-lined baking sheets, crack on a little bit of salt, and bake for 7-10 hours. Try to keep an oven-glove jamming open the door to allow moisture to escape so the eggplant becomes as crispy as possible rather than too chewy.

4

Check occasionally, and mop up any extra oil that may be puddling.
Allow to dry out on a wire rack, and then enjoy!

Eggplant Jerky

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