Eggplant. Blech. Am I right?!
This vegetable used to be the bane of my existence. Dumbfounding me every summer when it started popping up in Farmer’s Markets. I so wanted to love it and I tried to make it delicious but it wouldn’t cooperate! Well this year we purchased a CSA. Basically you pay the farmer in advance so he can purchase seeds and materials and in return you get delicious vegetables throughout the growing season. All was going well until they started putting eggplant in our boxes. I was determined to not let my money go to waste so I had to find some delicious recipes for eggplant. Enter Ratatouille and Baba Ganoush. These two recipes turn eggplant from disgusting to divine! Don’t let the weird names scare you; they are actually pretty simple and very delicious!
I used this recipe for the ratatouille with just a few minor changes. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/ratatouille-recipe0.html
I used whatever color bell pepper I had, dried herbs, and zucchini if I didn’t have squash. Just use what you got! It’s a forgiving recipe. I served it over brown rice to bulk it up a bit for the hubs. We had ratatouille for days!
Now, onto Baba Ganoush! There are tons of different variations and recipes out there. Feel free to change it up and experiment! This is a pretty basic recipe but soooo delicious. All the people in my house love it. Elizabeth ate it with a spoon.
2 small Eggplants (or 1 large)
2-3 cloves Garlic
2Tbsp Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and rub with a little oil. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast 30-45 minutes or until soft.
- While the eggplant cools combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- When the eggplant is cool enough to handle scoop out the flesh and place in your food processor. Pulse a few times just until combined.
Enjoy with pita chips, tortilla chips, crackers, veggies, as a spread for your sandwich, or just eat it with a spoon!
See you next time friends!