Monday, August 2, 2010

Now What?

What do I do with an Eggplant?


I think I have cooked Eggplant once, maybe twice in my life and don't recall how I did it....
A nice neighbor gave me a sack of fresh vegetables and these were included.
After browsing Allrecipes.com I chose to simply bread the slices and fry.....
I ate several and thought they tasted similar to squash, but.....don't think I care for the texture, or the flavor.
Think I will pass on the Eggplant.....

Nanny

10 comments:

TSannie said...

My families very favorite way to enjoy eggplant:
Preheat oven to 425º F.
In one bowl, crack 2 or 3 eggs, add a bit of olive oil (1 - 2 Tablespoons), and mix well.
In a second bowl, add breadcrumbs. I make my own out of left over bread, but Italian seasoned breadcrumbs - either regular or Panko-style work just as well. (If your bread crumbs are plain, be sure to season them with "Italian Seasoning" herb mix or with oregano, parsley, thyme, marjoram, pepper, etc.)
Coat cookie sheets with olive oil (or spray with PAM)
Slice eggplant in about 1/4" thick slices - don't worry too much about uniform slices.
Dip each slice first in the egg wash and then the bread crumbs. Place on the cookie sheet. When all the slices are done, drizzle the tops with a bit more olive oil. (You don't want them soaking in oil, just lightly drizzled)
Place in the oven and bake for 10 - 15 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes.
Place on a platter and serve. We usually just eat them plain, but you can serve them with grated Parmesan or even a marinara sauce. A lot of times, I'll also make these along with sliced onions and Italian frying peppers. Just bake everything together.
Guarantee you and your family will LOVE eggplant this way!

Deb said...

nice to have neighbors that share their bounty...

Jill said...

Oh, I grew eggplant one summer...I hated it at the END of THAT summer. I could eat again now.

A favorite dish of ours just involves slicing it thin and layering it in a dish with Italian spiced tomato sauce (I like basil, oregano, LOTS of garlic/onion) and mozzarella and baking it up tender. A "lasagna" style dish. YUM.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I LOVE eggplant!! I will have to look up my favorite recipe and send it to you to try! It is Eggplant Tian (a WW recipe). =)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I'm not much of an Eggplant person either, Nanny. I don't dislike it--but just don't want it... I do like it better when it's part of a casserole --such as Eggplant Parmesan.

Hugs,
Betsy

Tricia said...

I wouldn't eat it, but it was awful nice of your neighbor to give you a whole sack of veggies, WoW!

In reference to your question... I gotta Canon Powershot... & I LOVE IT! It's the best camera I've ever owned & the zoom is amazing!!! Thanks for visiting!

Alison said...

I don't think I would like egg plant either.

Cinnamon Girl said...

Those are beautiful eggplant! I love it - most of the time - it can be 'mushy' sometimes.

theUngourmet said...

I have trouble finding an eggplant recipe I like. I'm not in love with it either but I keep trying for some reason. :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Please send all unwanted eggplants my way next time...lol....we LOVE them! I make ratatoulle or caponata out of them and eggplant parmesan.

Hope it cools down your way soon.... we've had unbearable humidity this summer. I feel like I could shower three times a day.