Whether you call it eggplant or aubergine, this popular purple plant is the main ingredient in some of the summer’s best dishes. A favorite for cooking vegetarian and keto-friendly meals, eggplants come in a range of sizes and colours each with a rich, meaty flavor. Eggplant is one of those vegetables you have to know how to cook correctly. But when you: it’s incredibly delicious!
Here’s a tasty eggplant recipe that’s stolen our hearts: eggplant pizza! No, it’s not pizza with eggplant on it. It’s a pizza crust made of roasted eggplant! Yes, “pizza” is perfect for busy evenings when you don’t have the energy to make a pizza. It’s a healthy, naturally gluten-free pizza that’s loads quicker than the standard. Top it with whatever you like, and it’s a quick, whole foods way to get dinner on the table fast.
Roasted Eggplant Pasta
This eggplant pasta has got it all! It’s packed with savory and zesty flavor: tender roasted eggplant, zesty marinara sauce, and peppery basil. It’s 100% plant-based, but lacking nothing in flavor. Even better, this Mediterranean-style dinner is incredibly versatile: it works for weeknights and for serving to a company! There’s something about it that’s cozy but elegant at the same time. Curl up with your honey and make it on an evening in…or serve it on a big platter as a family dinner!
This Sicilian specialty is an appetizer and a side dish, essentially a sweet and sour ratatouille with cooked eggplant, tomatoes, and onion. It’s often spread on crusty bread as an appetizer or antipasti (as the Italians would say). It’s so full of tangy, garlicky flavor that once you’ve taken one bite, you’ll likely want to devour the entire serving dish!
You’ve got to try this grilled eggplant: it comes out smoky and tender, lightly charred, and full of flavor. Top it with a sauce and you’ve got a killer summer side dish or appetizer! If you’d like, try with these sauces: a fresh tomato salsa Fresca, and a creamy, lightly spicy white BBQ sauce. The combination of the two is spot on.
This recipe is an easy spin on eggplant Parmesan: it skips all the breading and frying and piles all the ingredients into a large skillet! It’s got eggplant, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, cooked in a skillet with a super flavorful marinara sauce. Serve with pasta for a delicious dinner recipe everyone will love!
This is not your average casserole. Thinly sliced grilled eggplant line a springform pan before filling it with a delicious mixture of al dente penne pasta, ground beef, Italian sausage, marinara sauce, smoked mozzarella, and Pecorino Romano and baked till warm and bubbly.
Choose eggplants that have a firm, smooth, and shiny skin and feel heavy for their size. They should be free of discoloration, bumps, and bruises, which indicates that the veggie’s been damaged and could be decayed. It’s easy to prepare and tastes good when done right—try one of those recipes and you’ll be part of the purple gang in no time.