Cooked just right, this infamous nightshade has a rich texture and superior flavor that everyone can admire. However, if your only experience with it has been a bitter tasting (and unappealing) dish, then we really insist that you revisit this culinary fruit with these fresh recipes.
Before you start cooking, however, we have a critical tip to share. Always cut and sprinkle sea salt over your eggplant. The salt helps in extracting bitter tasting moisture from those lovely purple slices, which really brings out the beautiful flavor. Some will put you off this, but there̵
If you’ve hated everything (or any meal) with eggplant all your life, this recipe might be a place to start. Lisa, from Garlic and Zest, always hated the ingredient for the absurdity of ratatouille she felt compelled to eat during her childhood.
Determined to please even the most stubborn eggplant haters, she created a rollatini recipe that anyone could fall in love with. Be sure to give this simple yet delicious recipe a try, whether you like eggplant or not.
Get the recipe: Garlic and zest
Baked Eggplant sticks
If you’re looking for a tasty way to snack off this plump purple fruit, this eggplant stick recipe is for you. Whether you choose to fry or bake them, this tasty treat has a hint of flavor.
After cutting and salting, dip them in lightly beaten egg whites and then in a bowl with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Spray with oil and fry before indulging in these soft, crunchy bite-sized treats.
Get the recipe: Lean taste
Easy Greek-style eggplant stew
Cold nights are best enjoyed with hot stews that please and warm the soul. While traditional beef bourguignon and Irish stew come to mind, we happily recommend this delicious aubergine stew.
Filled with savory eggplant chunks, high-protein chickpeas, warm spices like cinnamon and turmeric, this Greek meal is a winner. Serve this tender and filling dish with warm pita bread and a side of olives and nuts.
Get the recipe: The Mediterranean dish
Eggplant fried twice
If you’re looking for an original way to try this versatile ingredient, these double baked aubergine boats are an absolute must. These creamy concoctions are filled with simple ingredients, including flavors like garlic and onion, freshly grated cheese, eggplant, of course, and an egg for binding.
When you’re done, this rich and flavorful meal pairs well with a salad or whole grain pasta topped with a simple marinara or vodka sauce of your choice.
Get the recipe: One Dish Kitchen
Cheesy Zucchini and Eggplant Bake
Stews are also very popular in winter, so we had to add this delicious baked goods recipe. Layers of roasted zucchini, squash, eggplant, followed by tomatoes, garlic, and dollops of ricotta and mozzarella make up this fantastic meal.
Make sure to cut out a batch of freshly baked focaccia bread (or any garlic bread for that matter) so you have the perfect duo of treats.
Get the recipe: Enjoy your meal
Persian Eggplant Stew With Beef
If you enjoy trying new and exciting recipes filled with aromatic ingredients you’ve never worked with, then this Persian stew is perfect for you. The traditional stew flourishes with bright Middle Eastern flavors that complement each other flawlessly. Make sure to use Indian aubergine if you can find one.
Homa, from Persian Mama, provides excellent substitute ingredients for ingredients that you might find difficult to find in a regular supermarket. She also provides some tips for finding the most authentic recipes you need to make an authentic Khoresh Bademjan (aka eggplant stew).
Get the recipe: Persian mama
Grilled aubergine with garlic vinaigrette
If it’s hot where you live, you probably keep the grill out all year round. If that’s the case for you, be sure to try grilled eggplants.
Seasoned to perfection, these spicy eggplant slices taste (and look) phenomenal with flame-kissed grill marks. Once drizzled with garlic vinaigrette and smothered with spicy rich feta cheese, you’ll love every complementary bite.
Get the recipe: Diet
Italian Baked Eggplant
If you’re looking for an uncomplicated dish that you can prepare for the family in no time, then this is it. Combine simple ingredients like diced (and salted) eggplants, canned tomatoes with garlic, basil, oregano, and sauté until cooked through and ready. Enjoy this easy bake on cheese tortellini, or as it is with a Greek salad.
Get the recipe: Read Set Eat
Moussaka (Greek Eggplant Lasagna)
Moussaka is one of those heavenly casseroles that everyone must try in their life. Layered with meaty, rich tomato sauce, hot eggplant skins, and a thick velvety coating of béchamel sauce, this one-of-a-kind meal is one for the books.
Like many traditional and authentic recipes, moussaka takes time to assemble and bake, but the results are well worth it. The next time you have a few hours to burn, coupled with the desire to fill your home with heart-warming aromas, you should definitely try this treat.
Get the recipe: Recipe Tin Eats
Finally, give your new favorite ingredient a spicy twist with this Szechuan recipe, which uses Japanese eggplant versus the American globe version you normally use.
Soy sauce, Szechuan peppercorns, sesame oil and brown sugar are some of the main ingredients that make up the tasty sauce. You’ll love this sweet and savory version served with white rice or rice noodles.
Get the recipe: Party at home
As you can see, this purple plant gives so much depth and flavor to meals; it’s time you try it yourself.