Bacon Wrapped Eggplant Fries

 bacon-wrapped eggplant fries on a cutting board
For your Super Bowl Sunday recipe consideration, may I suggest these bacon wrapped eggplant fries brushed with a light glaze of honey sriracha sauce?

One of my favorite appetizer recipes have been my bacon wrapped avocado fries. But I think these may be even better. Sure eggplant may not sound nearly as delicious as avocado, but here’s why I prefer this version over my original.
bacon-wrapped eggplant fries photoclose-up photo of bacon-wrapped eggplant fries
First, raw eggplant has a much sturdier texture than avocado, making it a lot easier to wrap bacon around it. And when the eggplant is cooked, it turns soft and creamy, much like the texture of avocado.
process photo showing how the eggplant should be sliced
process photo showing how the bacon should be wrapped around the eggplant
Second, avocado, when cooked, starts to take on a bitter taste, so you have to be careful not to cook bacon avocado fries too long. Eggplant does not have that issue. This means you can cook these fries until your bacon is extra crisp (which is how I like my bacon), without worrying about the inside becoming bitterly inedible.
a pile of bacon-wrapped eggplant fries on a cutting board
The eggplant is like a sponge, so it really soaks up the bacon juices. To balance out the salty bacon, I opted to add a honey sriracha glaze. It also makes these fries really glisten. The honey sriracha glaze is completely optional (photo above is pre-glaze), but I was inspired by another favorite recipe of mine: Bacon wrapped onion rings with Sriracha glaze.

Hmm, I seem to wrap a lot of things in bacon.

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If you enjoy this recipe, check out these other bacon wrapped creations:

Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries

Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Baked Bacon wrapped eggs

Fried Bacon Eggs

 

Bacon Wrapped Eggplant Fries

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12

These bacon-wrapped eggplant fries are easy to make and are a great appetizer or game-day snack.

Ingredients:

  • 12  strips of regular sliced bacon (see note)
  • medium eggplant slices into spears about 4 1/2 inches in length

for the glaze

  • tbsp of honey
  • tsp of sriracha hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Take one slice of bacon and wrap around eggplant fry, starting at one end and working to other end, allowing the bacon to overlap halfway with each new layer, and securely tuck in the end piece. Repeat with remaining fries and place onto baking sheet. Bake for about 15-25 minutes or until bacon reaches desired crispness. 

  2. In a small bowl, mix the glaze ingredients. Remove fries from oven and quickly brush with glaze. Raise oven temperature to 450°F. Place fries back in oven and cook for about 5 minutes or until bacon starts to blister, but make sure to constantly check on the fries so that the bacon does not burn. You can serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. I prefer Ranch dressing.

Notes:

I recommend using regular bacon instead of thick-cut bacon because it's too hard to wrap around the eggplant slices.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Eggplant Fries
Amount Per Serving (1 fry)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.2g 17%
Saturated Fat 3.7g 19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.9g
Cholesterol 18.5mg 6%
Sodium 202.3mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 6.1g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Sugars 4.9g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

 

4 comments on “Bacon Wrapped Eggplant Fries”

  1. Eggplant and bacon fries? WOW what a delicious combination. These look incredible!

  2. What kind of eggplant did you use? I’ve always wanted to try eggplant but it’s kind of intimidating. I heard chinese eggplant tastes the best

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