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Eggplant Recipes

Updated on January 21, 2015

The Beautiful and Tasty Aubergine

This lens grew out of wanting to have a handy reference of eggplant recipes without having to weed through all the recipe sites out there every time. Although it doesn't have much taste by itself it soaks up the flavors you put with it very well. It especially acts as a sponge for any oils you use (so use the best!). I hope you enjoy the fruits of my labor.

Ratatouille by Ross Spoon (bwhistler) on Flickr
Ratatouille by Ross Spoon (bwhistler) on Flickr

My basic ratatouille recipe comes from a huge cookbook I had when I was a girl that was full of photos and recipes from around the world. I don't measure ingredients any more so it goes something like this. I also don't really have a clear idea of how many people it feeds and how long it takes to make, so I guesstimated.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • One or two onions
  • peeled and coarsely chopped
  • One or two cloves of garlic
  • peeled and mashed
  • 1 -2 green peppers
  • cleaned and cut into strips
  • 2 sweet red and/or orange peppers
  • cleaned and cut into strips
  • 2 -3 small zucchini
  • sliced
  • 1 eggplant
  • peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 or 3 fresh tomatoes
  • peeled and chopped or one can of diced tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

Instructions

  1. The original recipe called for the eggplant to be soaked in cold salt water for 15 minutes to take some of the bitterness out. I always did that until recently when I discovered that modern eggplants don't have that much bitterness to begin with.
  2. Heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of a heavy bottom saucepan or enameled iron french oven such as LeCreuset makes. (I use my Le Creuset Round French Oven and it makes all the difference.) Add onion and garlic, cover, and let cook 5 minutes. Add peppers, stir, cover, and cook 5 minutes. Add zucchini, stir, cover and cook 5 minutes. Add eggplant, stir, cover and cook 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and optional basil and cook 10 minutes or longer, depending on how soft you want the vegetables and how juicy you want the ratatuoille.

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Do you love eggplants? - And any other comments.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      i especially love eggplant parmigiana!

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      quicpost 5 years ago

      I have an easy eggplant recipe. Deep fried eggpland with batter on it. Clean and leave skins on. Cut eggplant for deep frying. The thinner you cut it the faster it'll cook. Leave so that eggplant dries. Make batter: your favorite batter whether beer batter, breaded, or Japanese style batter with panko is alright. This easy dish goes great with french fries, rice or all alone. You can make the batter sweet as pancake batter too for a treat any time! Thanks for the recipe lens. Sounds delicious!

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      quicpost 5 years ago

      Yes!

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      mamamia2011 6 years ago

      yes, i do.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I've been searching for new eggplant recipes. I'll have fun trying these. :)

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I like eggplant, we use to cook a lot of them: musaka, zakusca, tomatoes staffed with eggplant salad and so one, all the recipe I hace are Greek.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I do love eggplant. Some of your Asian recipes sound really tasty - and different!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think Eggplant is one of the most beautiful vegetables and my son loves Eggplant Parmagiana. This is a great resource for Eggplant recipes. Thank you.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have to admit that I have never tried eggplant. This looks like a good directory for it.