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What is the Best Way to Eat Eggplant?

Friday, July 20, 2012

I am in need of advice. Having added eggplant to my garden this year, I now am in need of tasty recipes for this veggie. I am aware that SP has a recipe site, but I want to be sure that someone REALLY adores their recipe before I waste time, energy, and eggplant on the mission! I have two eggplants that are almost ready to pick, and I would like any suggestions for ways to prepare them. I have tried eggplant lasagna, which was pretty decent, but I need another recipe or two. Also, do you peel the dark outer layer or not? Any advice would be appreciated!

Paula
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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/22/2012 10:32PM

    I never bother peeling, although the peel is a bit tough to cut compared to the flesh, so eating can be kind of messy. But it tastes good! Love eggplant parm, or using slices as a faux pizza crust that you put your toppings on and bake.

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ROOSTER72 7/22/2012 7:19PM

    I love ratatouille - eggplant, red & yellow capsicum (pepper), garlic and herbs. So fresh and healthy. A great lunch with a slice of toast and maybe a little crumbled cheese on top!
A spark member put me on to gojee.com - which enables you to enter an ingredient, and it gives you some links to recipes. I have seen a great looking recipe for roasted eggplant and red pepper dip there. It looks so easy, but very tasty.

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LESLIESENIOR 7/22/2012 12:29PM

    Great eggplant discussion!!! I like it grilled with a little olive oil and sea salt (and any other seasonings I'm in the mood for). I like eggplant Parmesan. I don't make it often because my husband is not a fan.
I had never thought of puree. Great idea. Think I'll try it.

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KANOE10 7/22/2012 9:30AM

    Meatless Monday has an excellent curried eggplant recipe with yogurt cilantro sauce. I also make chinese stirfy eggplant.

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MOOKBALL 7/21/2012 12:51AM

    For me, the best way to eat eggplant is with a knife and a fork.

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UMUCGRAD 7/20/2012 7:23PM

    I love eggplant parmesan! But, do peel the outer layer AND be sure to "sweat" the eggplant for you use it. A lot of recipes omit this step, but it's important. Otherwise, you end up with a watery gooey mess. Just in case you don't know that sweating the eggplant is, you slice it, leave on a paper towels for a while and let the towels absorb the moisture.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 7/20/2012 3:47PM

    My absolute favorite way to eat eggplant is baba ganoush. I like to spread it in a whole wheat pita with tomato slices. Or I buy Ezekial tortillas and dip them in it for a dip.
If you've never had it go to Whole Foods (and possibly Trader Joes) and buy a small container of it to try.

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JENNY888 7/20/2012 1:21PM

    Try Eggplant Parmesan. I always make it baked not friend which you can do with the lasagna also. I peel the eggplant and slice it in 1/2 inch slices. I think salt on both sides to draw out the moisture. Let sit with the salt on for at least a half hour. I put the eggplant on a wire mesh to let the moisture fall. A strainer would do also. After sitting I rinse with water to get the salt off and pat dry with a dish towel.

Whip up an egg (or two if you have a lot of eggplant) to dip the slices in and then dip them in either Panko (my favorite) or bread crumbs with some Parmesan cheese. Put the breaded slices on the mesh cooling rack and bake in the oven at 350 for about a half hour or until they are crispy.

You can google for No Fry Eggplant Parmesan for the rest of the recipe or find the one I used at http://maryahearn.com/recipes/veget
arian/no-fry-eggplant-parmesan/


It is really delicious. My husband want me to make it often. My eggplants in my garden are prolific this year and I have all I want.

I also like to peel it and slice it in spears, put a little seasoning salt on it, and grill it or BBQ it.

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SONYALATRECE 7/20/2012 12:37PM

    Always peel the bitter outer layer (peel)!
I have have it fried (unhealthy of course) and as a lasagna as well.
Well-seasoned with olive oil & herbs and spicy Mrs. Dash is really good too.
Certainly depends on your tastebuds...

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BARBARASDIET 7/20/2012 12:33PM

    This is so completely up to your taste. What one person loves might be horrible to you.

I like eggplant lasagna. Another one is to roast the eggplant (peeled, the peel can be bitter) along with onions, tomatoes, garlic and then make a coarse puree and use it as a spread--great with homemade pita chips.

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