Eggplant

Eggplant Recipes

 

Availability: August (possibly July and September, too)

Storage tips: Ideally it is stored at around 50 degrees.  Room temperature is too warm and fridge is too cold.  It is a good idea to keep the moisture off of it, so wrapping it in a paper towel is a good idea.  Eggplant is not a long storer, so eat this up!  

How to eat: It can be eaten peeled or unpeeled according to the recipe and personal preference.  Try throwing it on the grill, in eggplant parmesan, in caponata, baba ganouj dip, sti-fried, etc.  

How to preserve: To freeze, peel your eggplant, slice it into rounds, and blanch it for 3-4 minutes.  Cool and pack into air tight freezer bags.

This is pronounced "Baba Ganoosh".  Just FYI!  Great as a dip for veggies or pita bread or chips or whatever you have on hand.  Or spread it on bread!  Delicious!

  • 1 lb. eggplant
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 TBLS lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup tahini, or to taste
  • salt, pepper, and cayenne, to taste
  • olive oil (optional)
  • other spices like cumin, paprika, etc. to taste (optional)

Roast eggplant whole on tray in oven at 350-400 degrees until tender when a knife pierces through.  Remove from oven and cool.  Scoop out pulp and discard skin.  Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth.  Check seasonings and add any optional ingredients as desired.  Drizzle the top with olive oil before serving.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted from www.theironyou.com.  Since we grow the Oriental Eggplant, aka the long skinny eggplant, I suggest two options of slicing it.  Rounds are more numerous and smaller where as lengthwise strips might be easier to handle on the grill.  You choose whatever way you want to cut it!

  • 1 large eggplant or multiple medium eggplants, either cut on the round or lengthwise in strips, 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 TBLS olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 TBLS balsamic vinegar
  • red chili flakes (optional)
  • salt
  • pepper to taste

Sprinkle eggplant slices with salt and let stand in a colander for about 30 minutes to draw moisture out.  Rinse to remove most of the salt, pat dry with paper towels. Combine olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, chili (if using), salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Add eggplant and marinate for at least 15 minutes.  Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high (if you’re using an outdoor grill lightly oil the grill grates) and Grill eggplant slices for approximately 2 to 3 minutes a side (or more), or until you get good grill marks.  Serve hot!

Here's a basic way to use eggplant, and you really can't go wrong by even adding in a few other veggies to this simple recipe.

  • cooking oil
  • Eggplant, peeled and chopped
  • Other veggies, chopped (optional)
  • garlic, minced
  • red chili flakes
  • parmesan cheese, grated

Heat oil on medium.  Add eggplant and optional other veggies and stir-fry until almost tender.  Add garlic and chili flakes and stir for 1 more minute.  Remove from heat and top with parmesan cheese.

Even an eggplant-hater liked this one!  Plus it is super simple to make.  Winner!

  • 1 lb. eggplant, unpeeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, or garlic scapes, minced
  • 2-4 TBLS plain yogurt
  • 2 TBLS lemon juice, or to taste
  • 2 TBLS fresh mint, minced (or substitute other fresh herb here)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Roast eggplants whole in 400 degree oven until flesh is tender when you stick a fork in.  Remove and cool.  Mash or blend all the rest of the ingredients until smooth.  Store in fridge and use as a dip or spread.

This recipe was shared with us by CSA member Laura, who adapted it to what she had in her fridge!  Feel free to do the same in your situation, substituting if needed for the leeks and/or onions.
  • olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant or 2 medium eggplants, peeled and cubed to 3/4"
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 TSP nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pie crust (Ha!  If you don't have one, grease your pie pan well and make it without!)

Heat olive oil in skillet.  Add eggplant and saute until softened, 5-10 minutes.  Add leeks, onions, and garlic and saute until translucent, stirring, another 5-10 minutes.  Add salt and pepper and drain excess oil.  Mix milk, cream, and eggs together.  Add veggies to crust.  Pour over egg mixture.  Top with cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and cooked through, 35-40 minutes.

  • Cooking oil
  • 1 garlic scape, minced (or 1 clove garlic)
  • 1 TBSP fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
  • ½ pound green beans, cut into 2” pieces
  • 1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 2” x ½” x ½” sticks
  • 1-3 summer squash, cut into 2” x ½” x ½” sticks
  • Salt to taste
  • 2-3 TSP lime or lemon rind, grated
  • Curry powder or paste to taste
  • 1 cup+ coconut milk
  • 1-2 TBLS cilantro, chopped (optional)

Heat oil in skillet. Sauté garlic and ginger for 10 seconds. Add green beans and squash and sauté 5 mins, stirring. Add eggplant sauté 5 min more. Add rest of ingredients except cilantro and simmer until veggies are tender. Garnish with cilantro.
 

  • Eggplant, peeled or unpeeled depending on preference, and cubed into 3/4" cubes
  • Summer squash, cubed into 3/4" cubes
  • garlic cloves, whole and unpeeled, to taste
  • olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Toss the cubed veggies with oil, salt and pepper.  Roast at 375 degrees (in two separate dishes as one may take less long than the other) for approx 30-40 minutes, or until they are tender.  You can throw the garlic in with the veggies.  Remove all from oven.  Peel the garlic, squeeze out roasty garlic flesh, and mix everything together.  Check for seasonings and serve hot!

  • cooking oil
  • green beans cut into 2" lengths
  • eggplant, peeled and julienned into 2" lengths
  • garlic, peeled and chopped, to taste
  • hot pepper, fresh or dried, minced to taste
  • soy sauce, to taste
  • sugar or other sweetener, to taste
  • salt, to taste

Heat oil on medium.  Add green beans and stir-fry for a few minutes until they are starting to soften, 5-7 minutes.  Add eggplant and do the same.  When they are both almost tender to your liking, add the garlic and hot pepper and stir-fry one minute more.  Remove from heat and add soy sauce, sugar, and salt to taste.  Serve hot!