So I went through my bulging files of saved recipe links and shared them in the comments to Grumpy Granny's own post.
I share these with you with a few caveats. 1) Sadly, I have not actually ever made any of these recipes myself. 2) If you try any of them, please come back (via comment or email) and let me know what you thought of them or how you tweaked them. 3) I believe a few people have stumbled upon my humble blog thinking it is solely focused on eggplant recipes - not so. Someday I may post about how I came to have this screen name. Until then, on to the recipes!
Best Eggplants Ever – That's the title the Food Network gave this Madhur Jaffrey recipe with a tomato-chickpea sauce with yogurt and Indian spices.
Grilled Eggplant with Garlic Sauce and Mint – Bobby Flay goes a little Asian with this one.
Grilled Eggplant Wraps with Lemon Aioli, Feta, and Mint – The title of this Sara Moulton recipe pretty much says it all.
Herbed Broiled Eggplant with Capers and Olives – The eggplant in this Batali recipe gets an interesting stuffing treatment.
Shlada De-al Bedenjan – The lemons and spices in this Moroccan salad intrigue me.
Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad – Personally, I’m a sucker for anything with goat cheese and pine nuts.
Pasta Shells with Roasted Vegetables – The artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers in this one, plus balsamic,
, and fresh herbs, piqued my interest and could probably be adapted any number of ways. Dijon
Nonna's Pickled Eggplant – Need I say more?!!!!
Stuffed Eggplant with Sun-Dried Tomatoes – From Courtney at Epi-Ventures, a local blogger who cooks in, dines out, is going to culinary school, is (or soon will be) working in the kitchen at one of my favorite restaurants, and unfailingly delivers beautifully written and photographed posts that inspire me.
Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Red Pepper and Parsley – From blogger Kaylin of Kaylin’s Kitchen – her post also includes links to a bunch more eggplant recipes!
And this up just today from Joanne at Eats Well With Others, a witty and culinarily fascinating blog I’ve recently discovered: Sultan's Delight or Hunkar Begendi or Turkish Beef Stew with Eggplant Puree.
Then there's the wealth of inspiration you can find atSmitten Kitchen, one of my go-to sources for veggie-based recipes that appeal to my personal taste. Deb’s blog also features great writing, photos, and search capability, and she credits and links back to the original sources she adapts from. Here are a few of her eggplant offerings.
Mediterranean Eggplant and Barley Salad – Oooh, with barley!
Lebanese Stuffed Eggplant – Another interesting middle eastern dish.
Grilled Eggplant and Olive Pizza – Oh, yeah, pizza.
Thai Smoky eggplant salad with chiles, lime, avocado and tomato. Deb's post about it here.
Or if you're an intuitive cook who gets your inspiration from great photos (but infrequent recipe posts - lol), you can check out this kicked-up Eggplant Parmesan from DoggyBloggy at Chez What?
August Culinary Smackdown: Battle Sandwich. The Smackdown is a friendly little cooking/blogging contest where the victor usually takes only bragging rights and the opportunity to post this badge on their blog.
$100 CSN gift certificate to this month's Smackdown winner!
So get your sandwich ideas together and throw in for this throwdown. Or send me your favorite corn recipes, because I received a delightfully unexpected package today.