Amazing Eggplant

Amazing Eggplant
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We went on a trip to Greece in October and ate some fabulous eggplant while we were there. We said, at the time, that we would really have to remember it so that we could try to re-create it when we got home. Well, we finally got around to it and it’s just as amazing as we remembered. It’s so good, in fact, that we’ve eaten it twice in the last week.

Not only is eggplant creamy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious; it’s also full of stuff that’s good for you.ย It is a good source of Vitamin K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of dietary fiber.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 eggplants
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • feta cheese (optional-we did two with, two without)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons pine nuts (optional)

What to do

  1. Peel your whole eggplants with a vegetable peeler. Leave the cute little tops on.
  2. Cut your eggplants in half length wise after peeling and lay them cut side down on some paper towels. Sprinkle them with salt and let sit for about 20 minutes.ย Sprinkling pieces of eggplant with salt draws any bitter juices to the surface in beads of moisture. Then they can simply be blotted away with a paper towel.

    Peeled and salted

  3. After 20 minutes, blot them dry and rub all over with olive oil.
  4. Place your oiled eggplants cut side down on a baking sheet and place in a pre-heated 180 C /350 F oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Chop your sun dried tomatoes and garlic while the eggplant is in the oven.

    Sun-dried tomatoes and garlic

  6. After 30 minutes, remove from the oven and flip them over with a spatula.
  7. Now mash them down a bit with a fork.
  8. Sprinkle your eggplants with the tomatoes, garlic, cheese and pine nuts and drizzle with olive oil.

    Ready to go back in the oven

  9. Return to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

    Amazing Eggplant!

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  1. I had this for lunch today without the cheese! They were very testy.

    • Yes, they are totally tasty. Glad you liked them ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Made these tonight with my homemade goat feta and added sliced baby Portobello mushrooms. Served with an Arugula salad. So delicious!

    • Hi Julie,
      Mushrooms sound like a great addition!

  4. These look fantastic. I think a good step up would be to add some fresh rosemary and/or thyme to it. Very nice.

    • Fresh herbs always make everything taste better ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Eggplant is still something I never make at home; for some reason, I find them strangely intimidating! I’m totally going to try out your method, though, these look fabulous!

    • You should totally try it! Eggplant is really easy to make…no need to be intimidated ๐Ÿ˜‰ I chop it up and add it to a mix of roast vegetables, I stew it with tomatoes, I grill it, I use it as hamburger “buns”, I stuff it with sausage hash….so many ways to enjoy it (but this recipe is my favorite).

  6. This is great! I just made it for lunch and it was worth the wait. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Hi Debbie,
      Yep, this is for sure one of my favorites. I’m glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi Lisa, could the aubergines be left unpeeled?

    • Hi Heidi,
      Sure they could. I leave the skin on when I grill my eggplants and I don’t mind eating it at all. Some people find it a bit chewy. Just because you leave the skin on, doesn’t mean you also have to eat it if you decide you don’t like it. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚