Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summertime Grilled Eggplant



Although available year-round, eggplant peaks during the summer {August and September}.  Silky and delicious, grilled eggplant is the perfect purple fruit {yes, it’s a fruit} to serve as a summertime side dish or appetizer. If you are looking to diversify your eggplant portfolio, try this recipe!



Ingredients

·         1 medium eggplant, thickly sliced
·         1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
·         2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
·         2 garlic cloves, minced
·         1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
·         Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper
 Preheat a griddle pan or bbq grill over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, mix oil, lemon juice, garlic and rosemary together.
 Brush eggplant slices with olive oil mixture and sprinkle with sea salt on both sides. 
   Place eggplant on grill, turning occasionally, until softened and lightly charred, about 8 minutes total.
 Serve warm as a side, or dice eggplant and add to a summer salad. 



Note: Eggplant pairs deliciously with Goat cheese.

 ENJOY!
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8 comments:

  1. So I'm kinda craving grilled eggplant--or just any eggplant and mushroom dish-so thanks for posting this recipe and getting me out of my usual eggplant parm dish.

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  2. That looks like heaven. True story, last night was the first time I had eggplant and loved it!

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  3. I have never thought of trying this before. I am definitely going to have to pick up eggplant from the farmers market this weekend. xo

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  4. Um, YUM! I haven't thought of doing this before and I am not sure how!! I am obsessed with roasted and grilled veggies right now...this is definitely going on the list!

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  5. I tried making eggplant the other day for the first time but this recipe looks much better!!! All your food posts always end up making me so hungry :)

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  6. Oh my YUM!!! This looks AMAZING. And girlfriend...ch-ch-ch-CHECK out those photog skills!!! I feel like I could reach into the screen and eat that eggplant-the pics are SO clear. Go you!

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  7. Eggplant and the like are my favorite veggies. This looks incredible. Next time I make a salad this is 100% happening.

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