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#1 Aug 06 2013 at 8:00 AM Rating: Decent
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I pulled two big old egg plants from the garden this morning. I'm pretty much an eggplant newb. I've fried them but that's about it.

i want to turn them into dinner this evening. Any good suggestions?

Also, why are they called eggplants? They don't really look like eggs.

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#2 Aug 06 2013 at 8:02 AM Rating: Good
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Also, why are they called eggplants? They don't really look like eggs.


It's probably because the insides look like the white section of a hard boiled egg,

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Some 18th-century European cultivars were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen's eggs, hence the name "eggplant."


Edited, Aug 6th 2013 10:04am by Shaowstrike
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#3 Aug 06 2013 at 8:04 AM Rating: Good
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Try this.
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#4 Aug 06 2013 at 8:05 AM Rating: Good
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Try this.

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I like aubergine, Nexa hates it.

One of the tricky parts of preparing it (and maybe what she likes least about it) is it's incredible ability to absorb fats. If you're careful and add some sugars (balsamic vinegar or the like) you can get it to caramelize quite nicely. I like them that way.
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#6 Aug 06 2013 at 2:20 PM Rating: Good
1. Slice 3/4" pieces
2. Dip in olive oil
3. Roll in grated parmezan
4. Bake/broil ~350 F
5. NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM
6. Profit






Pull from oven as soon as the top cheese begins to brown.



I like to steep the olive oil with a couple fresh crushed garlic nubs first. If you're in a hurry just add garlic powder to the olive oil.



This recipe provided by an dude who used to ********** hate[/i] eggplant until served the above method.
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#7 Aug 06 2013 at 2:21 PM Rating: Good
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It works well in a vegetarian lasagna, with some zucchini.
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#8 Aug 06 2013 at 2:33 PM Rating: Excellent
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Creative Eggplanting

This made me think of those stupid galleries of "creative household timesaving tips!"

- Nail a soda pop tab to a wall and hang your eggplants off of it!

- Use an eggplant as a bathtub drain stopper. Biodegradeable!

- Have trouble neatly opening that bag of chips? Smash it with an unripened eggplant!

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Creative Eggplanting

This made me think of those stupid galleries of "creative household timesaving tips!"

- Nail a soda pop tab to a wall and hang your eggplants off of it!

- Use an eggplant as a bathtub drain stopper. Biodegradeable!

- Have trouble neatly opening that bag of chips? Smash it with an unripened eggplant!



- Missing men in your life? Cuddle up with your eggplant at night!

Edited, Aug 6th 2013 4:50pm by Shaowstrike
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#10 Aug 06 2013 at 3:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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#12 Aug 06 2013 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
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This thread has gone this long and not one of you have suggested frying them up in some butter and whipping them at cars? What the ****?
#13 Aug 06 2013 at 4:16 PM Rating: Good
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Mr McGregor and his eggplants has me thinking of Varrus and teh okra.Smiley: lol
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Eggplant is evil. Throw it away, then send me a thank you note for saving you from a fate worse than food!
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Eggplant is evil. Throw it away, then send me a thank you note for saving you from a fate worse than food!


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This is what Kao thinks eggplants look like.
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Mr McGregor and his eggplants has me thinking of Varrus and teh okra.Smiley: lol
Like he drives a windowless van with "ice cream" painted on the side and invites kids to watch Wrestlemania?
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#17 Aug 07 2013 at 10:11 AM Rating: Good
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I made eggplant parmesan. All herbs added were from my garden. I only had to stop to buy cheeses. Here's my seat-of-the-pants recipe:

Elinda's Eggplant Parmesan.

First prep the eggplant by slicing up two medium sized eggplants crosswise, making round pieces about 1/3" thick. Lay the slices on something absorbant and cover with salt. Let sit for awhile flip the slices and do the other side. This is just to remove some of the water from the eggplant.

Make a crumb-coating. I used plain bread crumbs but added some finely chopped thyme and Italian parsley, pepper and a bit of cayenne pepper. I think oregano would be good as well or instead of the other herbs.

Run the eggplant through an eggwash, some flour, and twice through the crumb coating. I then fried the eggplant in a frypan with sun flower oil. But any frying oil would be fine.

Then I constructed it much like a lasagna...

Put one layer of the fried eggplant into a baking dish, put a spoonful of marinara sauce (I used jarred stuff) on each eggplant wheel and then a slice of fresh mozzarella. Cover it all with a layer of spinach leaves then add a second layer of eggplant wheels, add more marinara then cover the whole works with a nice generous layer of freshly grated Parmesan. I added some more parsley on the top but that was largely just a garnish (I got a ton of the stuff).

I baked it at 350f. ...for maybe 45mins.








Edited, Aug 7th 2013 6:12pm by Elinda
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....is it's incredible ability to absorb fats.
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Edited, Aug 7th 2013 6:15pm by Elinda
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#19 Aug 10 2013 at 5:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thinly slice (don't bother with the salting - that's SO 1970s and a complete waste of the flavoUr)

Dry-fry on a very hot griddle-pan for 30 seconds each side. Season with v little salt & plenty of pepper.

Place in a buttered oven-proof dish and sprinkle with finely-chopped fresh basil or tarragon, then top with freshly grated Parmegiano.

Grill for 10 minutes.

Butter, passing cars etc.

Simples.

(It's called Berenjenas Gratinadas by the way. A trad Castilian dish)
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Thinly slice (don't bother with the salting - that's SO 1970s and a complete waste of the flavoUr)

Dry-fry on a very hot griddle-pan for 30 seconds each side. Season with v little salt & plenty of pepper.


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Edited, Aug 10th 2013 7:39pm by Shaowstrike
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#21 Aug 10 2013 at 9:13 PM Rating: Good
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Don't make that face, it's good. Galician style octopus on the other hand...

Edit: He means no pre-salting.

Edited, Aug 10th 2013 11:14pm by Timelordwho
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Honestly I've never 'salted' eggplant before. Normally we just fry it. I was baking this though so I didn't want it turning things juicy. Not sure it it mattered or not. The eggplant cooked up nicely.

The dish turned out really tasty. Otherwise I wouldn't have bothered posting it.

Tonight I made stuffed eggplant - I had a really big one. I had to use burger because my husband is skeptical of dishes without meat. I made a stuffing with burger, the guts of the eggplant, anegg, crumbs etc, and celery, seasoned pretty heavily with rosemary. I've never grown celery before - the stalks were small but flavorful (the celery was the star of the dish). Coated the eggplant with an oily balsamic dressing I'd made some time in the near past, and broiled it for a couple mins before adding the stuffing and baking. Oh I covered it with parm again. cuz you know, i had some. It was good, but I liked the last one better. I still have a couple more nice eggplants - I think they'll get donated to some lucky soul at the office.

Funny thing with my eggplant plants - each plant, while huge and making lots of very pretty flowers, seems to only grow one eggplant at a time. Since I've plucked the first one - maybe two weeks ago. Ive now got another growing on that plant, and it looks like there will be another on each as I've removed it's one fruit. Not sure it that's just an eggplant thing, or what??

In other gardening news, my tomatoes this year suck baloney.
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Another option is using Thai basil & chilis with various herbs and spices. could cook it up with tofu or fish or something.
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Since I've plucked the first one - maybe two weeks ago. Ive now got another growing on that plant, and it looks like there will be another on each as I've removed it's one fruit. Not sure it that's just an eggplant thing, or what?
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Hitler enjoyed eggplants. That is all.


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I forgot:

I made Alton Browns eggplant last weekend. the second one he does in the video with the slices covered in sauce and broiled. They came out looking just like Altons, but I really didn't like them. The sauce sucked! My husband agreed. So, they might be better using just a good bbq sauce.

The biggest challenges of gardening are using up all your veggies...

To that end, this weekend I made a spinach casserole, which I was informed wasn't a casserole but a souffle (think spinach quiche without the crust). It got the thumbs up from the husband (he's such critic).
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I've only made his French Onion Soup, but I really didn't like it much at all. I liked his show for the science and beginner's techniques.

That said, the sauce for the eggplant steaks sounds... gross.
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Eggplant steak sounds as gross and fake as vegan lasagna.
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I don't mind eggplant in general. I've definitely had eggplant I thought was disgusting, but I've had delicious eggplant, too.
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Not eggplant. Eggplant steak. Implying delicious animal and fire.
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Not eggplant. Eggplant steak. Implying delicious animal and fire.

Oh tartare, steak can be fire-free.

But, yeah, there was no passing those eggplant disks off as a main course.
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Eggplant shrinks so much while cooking that the amount you need for a main course is so large to begin with.
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#34 Sep 11 2013 at 11:56 AM Rating: Excellent
The best way to do eggplant is to grill it. Toss it with a little olive oil salt and pepper and throw it on the bbq.
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