Berenjenas Con Miel Recipe
Berenjenas con miel literally means eggplant with honey. But honey is not used in the recipe. In Spain, cane molasses is called miel de caña, or cane honey. In this case, fried eggplant with molasses turns into fried eggplant with honey.
I had seen and eaten Berenjenas con miel for the first time in Tenerife, so for a long time I thought it was a dish from the Canary Islands. I learned by accident that it was a recipe from the Andalusian region. Fortunately, I learned the recipe before sharing it.
Berenjenas con miel is like Edirne style fried crispy fried liver recipe but with eggplants. The eggplant, which is finely chopped like liver, is salted, covered with a thin layer of flour and fried. Extremely simple. It is possible to see the similarity between Spanish cuisine and Thracian cuisine that I mentioned before.
What makes Berenjenas con miel different from a standard fried eggplant is that it is floured before fried and it's crispy, I mean really crispy. At this point, let's remember the recipe for crispy french fries. One of the most frequently asked questions about crispy french fries is why flour is added to the recipe. Let me give its answer publicly, by the way; there is a reason why the recipe is called crispy french fries and not french fries.
Another thing that makes Berenjenas con miel different from other fried eggplants is undoubtedly the molasses that gives the recipe its name. Miel de caña is a slightly thicker molasses than our understanding (by "our" I mean in Turkey) of molasses, and its taste is slightly different. But these differences do not cause a noticeable difference in taste in berenjenas con miel. Therefore, you can use any molasses you want with peace of mind.
Enjoy the recipe...
- 1 large eggplant,
- 1/2 cup of flour,
- 1 teaspoon of salt,
- Oil for frying,
- Any type of molasses you want for serving.
- Chop the eggplant as thin as possible without peeling the skin,
- Sprinkle salt over,
- Dip the slices in flour one by one and shake off the excess flour thoroughly,
- Heat plenty of oil in a wide pan,
- Slowly drop the slices into the boiling oil and fry on both sides until nicely browned and crispy,
- Take into serving plate and pour the molasses over.
Enjoy your meal...