In the late summer, vegetables like eggplants start to show up in farmer’s markets and green grocers. With such a wealth of these little beauties, you might be looking for some inspiration. Lucky for you, we’ve got some ideas.
Cedar-Plank Grilled Eggplant ParmesanA modern take on breaded and fried eggplant Parmesan builds layers of smoky, grilled eggplant, fresh basil, and creamy burrata. It's subtle and superb.
Eggplant Soup with LambWarming spices in this eggplant, lamb, and tomato soup add layers of flavor and complexity that make it taste like it takes all day—it doesn't.
Eggplant KebabsA healthy, veggie-packed dinner that's most magnificent during the height of summer. No turning on the stove required.
Eggplant ShakshukaThe sultry, smoky flavor of ras el hanout permeates this simple supper of eggs in tomato sauce, which takes on more sustenance than usual thanks to late-summer eggplant.
Miso-Glazed EggplantHere's a vegan recipe for roasted eggplant slicked with a salty sweet miso-glaze that's a veritable umami-bomb. Even those of us who aren't vegan are devouring it and asking for more.
Eggplant CaponataEggplant, celery, fennel, zucchini, onion, tomatoes, olives, raisins, and pine nuts, oh my! Sicilian heaven in the form of a pleasingly tart side dish of sorts.
Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Eggplant, and MozzarellaJumble together pasta, tomatoes, eggplant, ooey gooey mozzarella, and a splash of cream in just 35 minutes. Jamie Oliver's quick pasta dinner also makes a mean casserole.
Moutabal ~ Roasted Eggplant, Yogurt, and Tahini DipA staple of Syrian snacking, moutabal is smoky and richly flavored. Spread it on everything that needs a pick-me-up of the delicious kind—you'll never have a boring lunch again.
Sambal EggplantSambal eggplant is an iconic Southeast Asian food because of its spicy, sweet flavors. Few ingredients and simple prep make it easy.
Eggplant TimbaleIt may be a tad boring looking from the outside, but wait 'til you see what this eggplant timbale is filled with on the inside.
Eggplant MeatballsA crisp crust, a tender interior, and an impossibly enticing taste. Smothered in marinara or dolloped with tzatziki, these eggplant meatballs won't disappoint.
Hakka EggplantTender eggplant covered in a deeply flavored Hakka sauce that's ready in a snap. Eating your veggies has never been so rewarding.
Baked Pasta with Tomatoes & EggplantCook once. Eat twice. This baked pasta casserole cleverly relies on a big batch of tomato soup as its sauce. Leftover soup means you have lunches done for the rest of the week.
Eggplant Stew ~ KawajSimple to make. Comforting as heck. And though you may not have experienced this in your childhood, somehow it still seems to taste like home.
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