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The Best Eggplant Recipes

Updated on October 9, 2014

Want To Try A New Dish? Make It Eggplant

Don't Overlook This Vegetable

Eggplant may not be the top vegetable on your list, but prepared right, it is truly delicious. This beautiful, purple vegetable with a shiny smooth texture is often overlooked, but it is quite versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. With a few tips, you will find that it is very easy to prepare and serve.

Discover Your Favorite Eggplant Dish

You'll find eggplant in everything from dips to Italian dishes and stir fries. There are even different colors and varieties. The selection of eggplant dishes featured here include Baba Ganoush, Italian Fried Eggplant and Ratatouille. Try one and see how wonderful it is to enjoy a new dish.

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When shopping for an eggplant, make sure it has a smooth skin and is firm to the touch. A medium size eggplant will have the best flavor. Use your eggplant within a few days of purchase.

— Mary

Baba Ganoush- An Eggplant Spread

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Enjoy this roasted eggplant spread as an appetizer or serve with pita bread at the dinner table.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: Makes 2 Cups
Cast your vote for Baba Ganoush

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplant
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbls. olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prick eggplant with a fork.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes, turning eggplants halfway through cooking.
  4. Let eggplant cool and then peel and coarsely chop.
  5. Place in a blender or food processor, eggplant, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt and pepper and process until smooth.
  6. Spread mixutre on a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  7. Surround with pita bread triangles or tortilla chips.

Eggplant is delicious served with:

-Baked Fish

-Grilled Chicken

-Roast Pork

-Italian Meatballs

-Salad and Crusty Bread

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Trivia-

The Eggplant was first cultivated

in China during the 5th century.

Italian Baked Eggplant Parmigiana - Doesn't this look fabulous?

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This is a favorite eggplant dish that everyone will love and bring you many compliments.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 20

Total Time: 45

Serves: 2-3

Go from oven to table with ease

Lodge L Series E2OC40 Enameled Cast Iron Oval Casserole, Patriot Red, 2-Quart
Lodge L Series E2OC40 Enameled Cast Iron Oval Casserole, Patriot Red, 2-Quart

Quality cast iron/enamel baker that can be conviently used on the stove top.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 tbls. vegetable oil
  • 1 large or two small eggplant
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 tbls. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups chunky marinara
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Peel and slice eggplant.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet.
  4. Combine cornmeal, Italian seasoning and salt.
  5. Dip each slice of eggplant in the cornstarch, then the egg, then the cornmeal mixture.
  6. Fry about 2 minutes on each side or until brown.
  7. Place in greased baking dish.
  8. Top with marinara and shredded cheese.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned.

Cooking with Eggplant? - Try these tips....

  • To remove bitterness, salt eggplant and let drain in colander for one hour. Rinse eggplant and use.
  • Eggplant is an excellent replacement for meat.
  • To prevent browning, drizzle eggplant with lemon juice.
  • Eggplant is a good choice for stir-fries.
  • Eggplant is delicious sliced thin on pizza.

Stuffed Eggplant

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This dish can be made ahead and refrigerated. Add the additional bread crumb topping just before baking.

Rachael Ray Stoneware Round Baker, 1.5-Quart, Green
Rachael Ray Stoneware Round Baker, 1.5-Quart, Green

This attractive baker goes from oven to looking great on the dinner table.

 
  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 tbls. butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 4 strips crisp bacon crumbled
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease or spray a medium baking dish.
  3. Remove stalk from egglant and cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Scoop out pulp, leaving eggplant shell intact and chop pulp.
  5. Melt butter in large skillet and add onion, green pepper and garlic.
  6. Saute 5 minutes.
  7. Add pulp to mixture and saute another 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat adding remaining ingredients except bread crumbs for topping.
  9. Fill eggplant shells with mixture and top with bread crumbs.
  10. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until topping is browned.

Did you know that the eggplant

is a member of the potato family?

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 3 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      That eggplant is certainly a handsome fellow! I've not been a great fan of eggplant, but your recipes do sound delicious.

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      ColorPetGifts 4 years ago

      Just tried a variation of fried eggplant with crushed cornflakes, egg and italian seasoning - was really good! First time I've tried it and I'm hooked.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      I really enjoy eggplant and think I have tried eggplant prepared in a lot of different dishes. I am always searching for new ways to prepare eggplant. I appreciate you sharing your recipes and lens. Thank You for stopping by my Best Host and Hostess Thank You Gifts lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you have an A1 Day!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I love baba ganoush, but I haven't had in much more than that. I like the idea of having it thinly slicee on pizza. That's what I'll try next. Thanks for sharing these recipes! Blessed

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      I love eggplant and my most favorite dish is a Greek Moussaka.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      I like eggplant on bread, as a spread, but forgot how to make it. At first I didn't like it at all, but after so many years of eating it...well, it grows on you ;)

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      You've covered pretty much everything about the goodness of eggplant.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      !yad drawkcab yppaH !sknahT .tnalpgge na thguob tsuj I ecnis ,sepicer tnalpgge rof gnikool neeb evah I. PS: This is for backward day! Blessings!

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      Just dropped in for a return visit and to get more eggplant recipe ideas

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love the flavor and I understand it is very healthy. A real winner!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The eggplant truly is a beautiful food. :)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Eggplants are both beautiful and tasty, especially tasty in the form of Eggplant parmigiana. :) I had no idea eggplant was in the potato family!

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      I love to grow and eat different colors of eggplant, they are so fun. I like to grow the longer, thinner ones, rather than the big ones.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Eggplants are beautiful and tasty too!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just love eggplant and these recipes are very useful. I certainly will make some of them.