I think I have finally matured, because I now like eggplant. I have tried eggplant through the years coming up with one or two recipes that I would make again, but then I tried this gem. Our family ate many many interesting foods in my childhood, but I have recently come to realize that we left out some of the more common (and delicious) ones. Like beans, root vegetables and eggplant.
This dish is also perfect in another way, you can cook it ahead and assemble right before serving.
|Grilled Eggplant with a Tomato Caper Vinaigrette|
I have also been on a mission in the last few years to eat more vegetables and of particular interest here lately is salads that are not leafy and green. Sometimes I want something bolder and a salad with more interest than a bowl of greens tossed with dressing. This recipe meets that standard, and did I mention that it is delicious?
Grilled Eggplant with a Tomato Caper Vinaigrette
adapted from Sunset via the Egg Farm
serves 6-8 as a side or 12 as an appetizer
1 large eggplant - about 2 pounds or equivalent smaller ones
garlic salt and pepper
1 c chopped tomato
1 thin slice onion - minced and blanched, see below
2 T red wine vinegar
1/4 c olive oil
1 rounded T capers,
2 T fresh chopped basil
salt and pepper to finish
Slice the eggplant, cut into 12 slices. Using a pastry brush or your fingertips, coat the surface lightly with olive oil.
Broil until golden brown, rearranging the slices for even cooking/browning if needed. Turn, coat the second side and repeat with cooking and browning.
Remove eggplant slices to a serving platter, season with garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. Let rest until room temperature. Or you may refrigerate and continue when needed.
Dice enough tomatoes to make one cup, combine with remaining ingredients. Let stand to marinate.
When ready to serve, arrange the tomato mixture over the eggplant slices, finish the top with a small amount of salt and fresh ground pepper.
*To blanch the onion, add minced onion to a small pan of boiling water, let sit 1 minute, drain well and let cool.
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