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15+ Tasty Ways To Cook Eggplant

Did you know eggplant is actually a fruit (though served as a vegetable)? With it’s deep, glossy purple skin and wobbly egg or pear shape, it’s quite a unique looking food item!

If you’ve never cooked with it before and aren’t sure how, here are four simple, basic methods for preparing it (stewed, fried, baked & stuffed, grilled).

If you’d like to stock up your recipe box and are looking for a few new dishes to try, you’ll find over a dozen goodies below. Plenty here, enjoy!

Preparation Tips:

Stewed – Method #1

Fried – Method #2

Baked Stuffed – Method #3

Grilled – Method #4

Here are a dozen different recipes that I’ve hand-picked from around the ‘net, each are sure to inspire…I hope you’ll find a new favorite or two!

  1. Crispy Fritters [1]: Ingredients include eggs, finely grated Parmesan, breadcrumbs, Italian parsley, thyme, all purpose flour and cubes of smoked mozzarella. From Bon Appetit.
  2. Stuffed (Indian Spiced) [2]: Yields 4 servings and made with brown rice, extra-virgin olive oil, onion, Kosher salt, minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, ground bison, paprika, ground cumin, coriander and turmeric, garam masala, cayenne pepper, tomato paste. From Eating Well.
  3. Grilled (with garlic, cumin & feta) [3]: Serves 4 to 6 as a side, ingredients include garlic, Kosher salt, fresh lemon juice, finely diced shallot, cumin seed, a pinch of cayenne, crumbled feta, chopped fresh mint and cilantro. From Fine Cooking.
  4. Chez Panisse Pasta Dish [4]: Made with wheat pasta, white button mushrooms (quartered), finely diced red onion, garlic cloves, fresh cilantro, sherry vinegar, diced tomatoes, good olive oil and crumbled feta cheese. Found at Confessions of a Tart.
  5. Moussaka [5]: Serves 8, ingredients include butter, thickly sliced button mushrooms, garlic, dry red wine, flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped basil and oregano, ground cinnamon, tomato paste, grated parmigiano-reggiano, bread crumbs, eggs, flour and milk. Found at Saveur.
  6. Oven-Baked Fries [6]: Simple to make and just needs egg whites, a couple cups of panko, plain breadcrumbs, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. From Care’s Kitchen.
  7. Ina Garten’s Gratin [7]: Made with ricotta cheese, egg, half-and-half, freshly grated Parmesan and a good bottled marinara sauce. Found at Food Network.
  8. Spiced Salad [8]: Ingredients include onions, ripe tomatoes, ground cumin, ground allspice, cayenne, garlic cloves, currants, fresh mint and cilantro. Found at Amateur Gourmet.
  9. Creamy Creole Casserole (vegan) [9]: Made with chopped onion and green bell pepper, celery, minced garlic, sliced mushrooms, cooked chickpeas, minced parsley, dried thyme, cayenne pepper, paprika, silken tofu, raw cashews, onion powder, water, nutritional yeast, whole wheat bread, dried basil and oregano. Found at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.
  10. South Indian Curry [10]: Made with chickpea flour, turmeric powder, asafetida, unsweetened shredded coconut, grated ginger, tamarind paste and fresh cilantro for garnish. From The New York Times.
  11. Grilled Panini [11]: Made with reduced-fat mayonnaise, fresh basil, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic salt, whole-grain country bread, fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers (jar) and thin slices of red onion. Found at Eating Well.
  12. Broiled [12]: All you need is some mayonnaise, wheat germ, grated Parmesan, salt and pepper. Found at Slash Food.
  13. Grilled [13]: Made with tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, lemon juice, garlic cloves, extra-virgin olive oil. From Maza.
  14. Meatballs [14]: (Serves 4) Ingredients include finely diced onion, minced garlic, panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, oregano, parsley and egg replacer. From MidwestVeg.
  15. Parmesan (with crisp breadcrumb topping) [15]: Made with onion, garlic, Italian tomatoes (canned), coarsely chopped basil, lightly salted fresh mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and dry bread crumbs. From Food & Wine.
  16. Rustic Bread Lasagna [16]: Serves 9 to 12, ingredients include minced garlic (optional), tomatoes (both canned and fresh), dried Italian herbs, olive oil, large slices of sourdough bread, breadcrumbs, and garnished with basil. Found at Vegan Yum Yum.

A few tips:

Source: Some of the information above was adapted from the booklet “Vegetable Cook Book” by McFayden Seeds (1948)