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Creative Things to Do With Eggplant

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    joev
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    My garden has bestowed me with a bounty of eggplant with no end in sight. Beyond the typical eggplant parmagiana, baba ghanouj and grilled eggplant, what are some other unique culinary uses eggplant? I want to stay away from frying as much as possible, as those suckers absorb a ton of oil. I did make this recipe for split peas with honey sweetened eggplant, which was incredible, but we can’t eat it every week.

    I have both the standard purple eggplant, the really pretty Listada de Gandia (culinarily, identical to the standard,) some long Japanese style Ping Tungs, and the pretty, small, round Turkish Orange variety.

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    Mercurius
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    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
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    TAH DAHHHHH!
    I love this site…
    http://www.tastespotting.com/search/eggplant/1

    #293665

    Kerry
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    The mention of the Engine House reminded me of all the yummy things I miss from there, the Crepe Aubergine is high on that list.

    The recipe link below is similar to the EH version minus the spinach.

    http://www.recipezaar.com/Italian-Eggplant-Aubergine-Crepes-21508

    I may have the acutal EH recipe at home, I’ll look tonight.

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    somertimeoh
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    I love eggplant lasagna but I don’t know if that’s unique or culinary enough for you ;)

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    Mercurius
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    #293668

    joev
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    Thanks, osulew! That’s perfect inspiration. And somer, I was thinking about an eggplant lasagne. The culinary was to filter out ideas like this:
    Smiley face eggplant'o'lantern

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    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
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    joev wrote >>
    Thanks, osulew! That’s perfect inspiration. And somer, I was thinking about an eggplant lasagne. The culinary was to filter out ideas like this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadhorse/1812529404/

    I just noticed there were about 7 pages there…I thought it was just that one.
    yay eggplant!!!

    #293670

    somertimeoh
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    Oh, haha. Well I guess if worse comes to worse :)

    I want this now.

    http://www.imagelicious.com/blog/post/savoury-pastries-with-eggplant-and-tomato

    It’s like a healthy hot pocket :)

    #293671

    joev
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    somertimeoh wrote >>
    Oh, haha. Well I guess if worse comes to worse :)
    I want this now.
    http://www.imagelicious.com/blog/post/savoury-pastries-with-eggplant-and-tomato
    It’s like a healthy hot pocket :)

    That’s the one I was salivating over. Of course, I hate making pastry, but I’m never above using a frozen pie crust.

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    somertimeoh
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    Oooooh, people are going to call you Sandra Lee ;)

    #293673

    joev
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    I’ll have to think up a tablescape! My theme will be Eggplant Under the Sea.

    #293674

    TaraK
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    Yeah, I was also going to second (or third) lasagna. You might also do moussaka. The recipe I always used had layers of meat sauce, broiled eggplant, and broiled potato slices, plus spinach. Yum.

    Eggplant sliced thin and long can also be neat for a few different things. I’ve stuffed it with a little goat cheese, rice, and sun-dried tomatoes, then drizzled w/olive oil and baked.

    I always think of my S.O.’s grandfather, Pablo, who was visiting from Honduras. His dinner was going to be traditional food (i.e. beef, tortillas, plantains) and he saw the eggplant we were fixing. Having never seen an eggplant before, he thought it was quite ugly and asked why we “had to eat that thing.”

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    jennyw
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    Oh, I’m so glad that you posted the split peas w/ eggplant recipe! I get a little thrill every time I find a recipe that I already have the ingredients for on-hand, and this one looks like a winner (if a bit time-consuming)!

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    joev
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    I’ve not had a moussaka that knocked my socks off. A vaguely ethnic casserole, but I guess I could doctor it up some. Any favorite recipes?
    Those wide strips of eggplant look very cool, but in my experience, when I go to eat them, they unravel and end up not being worth the effort.

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