What to do With an Eggplant

4 Things to Do With an Eggplant

My favorite way to cook an eggplant* is to make eggplant parmegiana. Good stuff. But to keep it simple and just in case you are getting bored - and don't know what to do with that eggplant still laying around in your kitchen, here are some simple and tasty suggestions:

A Spicy Dip:

  1. Slice the eggplant lengthwise
  2. Bake in the oven until soft
  3. Scoop out and mash
  4. Add crushed garlic, lemon juice and yogurt to taste
  5. optional - I like a bit of sea salt

Serve with pita bread

A Quick and Easy Pasta Sauce:

  1. Peel, then fry cubed eggplant in olive oil until golden brown
  2. Add chopped garlic and a 16 oz. can chopped tomatoes
  3. Simmer for about 20 minutes until thickenend
  4. Toss with cooked pasta, adding plenty of grated Parmesan

Easy Baked Eggplant with Mozzarella Cheese:

  1. Peel and slice lengthwise
  2. Drizzle with olive oil
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes (or until tender)
  4. Top with slices of mozzarella and fresh (or canned) tomatoes
  5. Put back in the oven until cheese is melted

Tabbouleh Salad:

  1. Brush peeled strips of eggplant with olive oil
  2. Grill until tender
  3. Add to prepared bulgur wheat with chopped parsley, mint, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice and a little olive oil.

Generally, I put a pinch of sea salt on just about everything - but except in the first suggestion I excluded it - but will add it to taste when I cook.

*Eggplants are known in many parts of the world as 'aubergines'

Enjoy!

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LaMana 7 years ago

I LOVE that these recipes are so simple. It makes the eggplant a more approachable vegetable. Makes me want to make it more often! Thanks!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You know LaMana - I had stopped buying eggplants because they always made me think of so much work - I didn't even want to bring the darn things home, I'd have to peel it, dice it, egg it, bread it, fry it, cheese it, bake it, sauce it, etc. My goal in life now is to live by the old adage 'less is more' - truly it is.

You're right - the eggplant is more approachable! Thanks for writing!


Nicole 7 years ago

This is just what I needed. I'm always drawn to the rich color of eggplants, and they are all around me these days. I completely forgot how simple they can be to prepare. I'll whip up a dip this weekend. Thanks!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Nicole,

The dip sounds good. Dip on a weekend. Excellent!


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

I haven't had eggplant in years! I will have to try your recipes! :)


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hope you have fun with your eggplant, justmesuzanne!


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Dheeraji 7 years ago from Leicestershire

I love the taste of Eggplant

and trying to cook eggplant for pasta and salad would taste great. Your recipes are very good BkCreative, great stuff you got here.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you so much Dheeraji! Here in the US eggplant has pretty much been eggplant parmegianna which is lots of breading and frying and a million calories. So I was glad to try these recipes - so good.


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. This recipes are new to me and sounds wonderful to me. I would like to try those recipes.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Anamika! Hope you try the recipes and like them. Every now and then I like a good eggplant but I like to really taste it and not smother the flavor. These recipes cut some of the calories too.

Glad you liked them!


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Anamika S 7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Yes, I would definitely try them. I have a hub on some tasty Indian eggplant recipes too. Feel free to have a look.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Eggplant-Brinjal-Baingan-R...


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Anamika! I will check out your hubpages right now!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I love eggplant and have also chopped them up adding them to soups and stews. They kind of disappear if cooked long enough but thicken and add body to soups, etc. Your recipes sound great! Now.....if the squirrels or other critters would just quit snatching my eggplants in the garden before I get to harvesting them...I'd be a happy camper!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Oooh - how lovely to have eggplants in the garden. And the squirrels - when I heard they figured out how to get all the peaches off my son and daughter-in-law's covered and espaliered peach tree, I could only laugh (we were so sure this year we'd get them) - well, the squirrels figured out how to lightly balance on the branches - and take every one - sigh. Well I know what you mean.

Seems eggplants are in season and they are cheap now - I think it's time to pick up a couple.

Thanks for sharing!


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Great recipe ideas. What I usually do with eggplant is make omelet with it.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Mmmmm. I'll keep the omelet idea in mind. Sounds delightful. Ah food!

Thanks for writing!


steven 5 years ago

To cook a better eggplant sprinkle salt on the slices before hand. You will notice after a while it starts to "sweat", this is the salt pulling out the water. Rinse the salt off with water and pat dry. This makes for a less mushy and more flavorful eggplant after you cook it however you choose.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Great info steven - this make so much sense and I've had many a mushy eggplant. Thanks a million.

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