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A question about a recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

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I have a question about step 7 on the recipe "Eggplant Parmesan" from Nancy Jo. It says:

"Dredge the eggplant slices in flour, shaking off any excess. Place on the baking sheets and drizzle the each slice with olive oil. Bake until brown on one side (about 15 minutes or so) and tun over and brown the other side. Repeat until you have cooked all the eggplant." Any reason this could not be made with a glutten free subsitute for flour? Any recommendations? Wouldglutten free AP substitutes with things like xanthan gum be off putting?

asked by MoreFoodPlease almost 4 years ago
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added almost 4 years ago

This isn't my recipe so hopefully the author will comment. To me, yes gluten free substitutes are "off putting". Only a small portion of the population is actually celiac, meaning that they have to avoid gluten. After that it's a fad. But if I'm looking at the recipe correctly you do need that starchy component in some form. It's kind of the glue that holds it together and makes it brown and tasty. Flour and oil love each other.

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added almost 4 years ago

I doubt anyone is "choosing a fad" that is gluten free. Who chooses to never eat bread or drink beer again?

I would go - rice flour over the eggplant, egg wash, herb non-gluten flour. Fry in olive oil ontil golden, flip ad cook til golden.

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added almost 4 years ago

AP GF flour should work and it is certainly worth experimenting with. Some have xanthan included; some don't. Not sure it will matter.

I'm pretty sure that you will have a slightly different result than with "regular" flour but I don't think it will be a bad result.

Some GF AP flours use a bean flour (fava or garbanzo are both popular) in their mix, which can cause more tender baked goods to have a somewhat "beany" flavor. Having said that, I don't think it will be an issue in this recipe as the other ingredients/flavors should be more than strong enough to overcome it.

Give it a try and report back -- I'd love to know how it turns out.