Grain-Free Eggplant Stuffing

Similar to baba ghanoush, but a firmer texture with all the flavors of the holidays. The eggplant create a base texture that cradles of the sweetness of the carrots and savoriness of the celery and herbs. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 small eggplant
  • 4-5 small carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried sage
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 orange
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Turn oven to broil.
  2. Wash and chop eggplant and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, salt & pepper and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Broil for 10-15 minutes until soft.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Turn oven down to 350°F.
  7. Next chop carrots, onion, celery and garlic, place in a large sauce pan on medium heat.
  8. Stir well until it starts to sizzle.
  9. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  10. Add seasoning and cook for 10- 20 minutes.
  11. Transfer contents to a baking dish, brush top with coconut oil and bake for 25 minutes.
  12. Before serving, juice orange over stuffing and serve hot.

Baba Ganoush

Eggplant are starting to come into season, and my favorite way to eat them is in this smoky, creamy dip. The hardest part is peeling off the charred skins, which is made easier by wearing rubber gloves with good finger grips. Take this to a party and watch is disappear.

This recipe first appeared on Suzie’sFarm.com .

Ingredients

2 large eggplants
1 lemon, juiced
2/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste, available in the international aisle at the supermarket)
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pita chips, for dipping

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Prick the eggplants all over with a fork (this keeps the eggplant from exploding in the oven, so don’t skip this step). Place on a baking sheet and roast until softened, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Once the eggplant is cool enough to touch with your hands, carefully peel the charred skin off the eggplant. Scoop the flesh into a bowl or blender.
Add the lemon juice, tahini, garlic, parsley, and a little salt and pepper. Blend together until smooth. Feel free to add more lemon juice, more salt and pepper, it will vary depending on the size of your eggplant. Serve with pita chips.

Eggplant Parmesan Mac and Cheese

Summer eggplants are starting to come in, and blending them into mac-and-chsee makes a delicious and satisfying dish, even when served cold at a picnic.

Recipes and photo first appeared on Familystylefood.com .

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, ends trimmed; peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt; plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 3 cups Italian-seasoned panko crumbs or bread crumbs
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 pound cooked pasta shells or spirals
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup grated Fontina cheese

Instructions

  1. Place a large rimmed baking sheet on an oven rack and turn oven to 450 degrees to preheat.
  2. Slice eggplant in half lengthwise and then into ½-inch wide half-moons.
  3. Whisk together egg, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper and garlic in a large bowl; add eggplant and toss to coat. Dredge eggplant in crumbs on a cookie sheet.
  4. Pour enough olive oil over the bottom of the preheated baking sheet to cover to a depth of 1/8-inch. Lay eggplant on pan and roast 10 minutes; flip eggplant slices over and roast an additional 10 minutes or until eggplant is tender and crust is golden. Lower oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  5. Meanwhile, heat a medium saucepan over moderate heat; add butter and heat until foaming subsides and butter is melted. Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute. Slowly pour in milk while whisking. Bring to a simmer; lower heat and cook 5 – 10 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in Asiago cheese; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Combine the pasta with the milk mixture and transfer to a large casserole or baking dish. Top with the eggplant, marinara and Fontina cheese. Bake 15 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted.

Smoky Eggplant Chutney

Eggplants signal summer is in full swing, and the tomatoes won’t be long. Try this recipe for smoky, sweet eggplant chutney from the New York Times. It makes a great appetizer or garnish on roasted meat.

Ingredients

1 eggplant, cut lengthwise into 3/4-inch planks
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

Rub the eggplant with the olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes a side. Remove from heat and cut into medium dice.
In a skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly colored, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the eggplant, sugar, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes. Add cilantro and serve.