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October 14, 2007

Grilled Eggplant

It's been awhile since I've talked about anything other than the house, so I'll spare you my thoughts on exterior doors/house colours/trim size for at least a few days and post a recipe instead.

I've been wanting to share this one for a while, and since we managed to produce two lovely eggplants in a year when we couldn't even get tomatoes to ripen, I figured now was the perfect time to share it. The cookbook that this recipe comes from is packed away with everything else I own, but it's a very simple combination, so I was able to reproduce it without any trouble.
The book is called Inspirations, and it's a compilation of recipes put together by a group of seven renouned Vancouver chefs called "The Girls Who Dish". They've written several cookbooks, and while I've only really cooked from this one, I don't think you could go wrong with any of their recipes. This particular favorite of mine is for grilled eggplant with feta and mint, and I don't care if you think you don't like eggplant, I can almost guarantee that you will love this recipe!

Start out by slicing two large eggplants into 1/4" rounds. Brush each side with a light coating of olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill until the eggplant is tender (I used the barbeque this time, but I usually just use a cast iron grill pan on the stovetop). Lay the grilled slices (a layer at a time) on a large platter, and sprinkle with red wine vinegar (a few tablespoons should be enough for the whole batch). Next, top it off with with some crumbled feta and finely chopped mint. Layer the rest of the eggplant rounds on top, and repeat. Serve at room temperature with pita bread cut into small wedges and watch it disappear!
This is a great appetizer to make when you've got people coming over (it also transports really well if you're going to a pot luck), but it would also make a nice light summer meal, preferably paired with a glass of your favorite wine.

7 comments:

Joker The Lurcher said...

y- this is what i had last night! my recipe was from nigel slater's kitchen diaries and has olive oil instead of vinegar (just as well as i can't bear vinegar!) and loads of garlic, but exactly the same idea. it is lovely.

love your blog!

Joker The Lurcher said...

ps - the beginning was missed from my post - it should have said "how funny!"

heather beautythatmoves.typepad.com said...

perfect! i NEEDED an eggplant recipe today, this will fit the bill just right, thanks! a farmer just gave me a bunch of eggplant... his plants won't stop producing all sorts of things as we have been having day after day of warmth around here.

i love the new look too!!

dawn said...

I love your new looks, so fresh and inviting. I had a couple eggplants this year too, and did a similar thing using feta cheese, but when with greek dressing and lemon juice. I would definitely like to try it with the mint and red wine vinegar. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kimberly Ann said...

This is great because I love eggplant in theory but I haven't found a lot of recipes that I love in practice. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Joker - That is a funny coincidence! I must look for that recipe.

Heather - What a problem to have. I hope you enjoy it!

Dawn - That sounds yummy! What variety of eggplant did you grow?

Kimberly Ann - I hope this one does it for you!

Steffi said...

Congrats to your new blog-Outfit!I like it!Your recipe sounds really delicious again!Thank you!

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