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#1 Old 05-19-2004, 08:48 PM
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I have always loved eggplant but now and finding ways to be creative with it. Chopped up in spaghetti sauce w/ mushrooms over whole wheat pasta, grilled in a pita with goat cheese (for non-vegan) and pesto, by itself with marinara- YUM! Any creative eggplant ideas that don't involve tons of oil to saturate it- send my way, please! I'm loving it!
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#2 Old 05-20-2004, 12:11 AM
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You make me blush...
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Baba ganoush is the way I always have it:



1 1/2 lb Eggplant

3 tb Lemon juice

1 ts Salt

2 ts Minced fresh garlic

3 tb Sesame tahini

-- (optional: substitute

-- yogurt or sour cream)

1/4 c Chopped parsley

1/2 c Toasted pine nuts

2 tb Olive oil



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prick eggplant all over with a fork.

Bake whole until tender (about 30 minutes). Remove from oven, halve

and scoop out the flesh. Blend in a food processor with the lemon

juice until smooth. Mash the salt and garlic together and combine

with the eggplant, along with the tahini. Cool and stir in the

parsley and pine nuts. Before serving, drizzle with the olive oil.

Serve as a dip.
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This is one of my favorite ways to have eggplant. All amounts and types of vegetables can be altered to suit your tastes and according to what you have on hand. This mix is good as a sandwich filling and mixed with pasta.



Roasted Veggies



1 eggplant, coarsely chopped

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 pkg. (8 oz.) mushrooms, quartered

1 or 2 zucchini, coarsely chopped

2 roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped

3 or 4 cloves garlic, smashed with skins removed

About 1 T dried basil

2 bay leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

1 or 2 T olive oil



Mix everything together and place in a shallow roasting pan. Bake at 350 for about an hour, stirring every so often to prevent sticking.
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Some of my favorite uses for eggplant:



*Diced and put into tofu scrambles.

*Diced and put into fried rice.

*Sliced in rounds, breadded (soy milk and WW flour or vegan bread crumbs) and fried.

*Roasted with loads of other veggies (great side dish).

*Put into spaghetti sauce either by itself or with other veggies.

*Made into baba ganoush by either baking or grilling the eggplant.



There are also loads of lovely eggplant recipes at VegWeb.
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#6 Old 05-20-2004, 06:12 PM
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Well, all the ways I like it are fried, but hey...



My favorite is in a sandwich I get at a cafe downtown. It's deep fried eggplant and cauliflower w/ lettuce, tomato, pickled beets and tahini sauce all wrapped in a pita. I find it to be the most perfect blend of flavors.
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Boy, do I ever agree! Eggplant is the silkiest, most luscious of the veggies. For sensuality, no other vegetable can compete: only avocados, mangoes, VERY ripe Haitian papayas and peaches, IMHO, are as deserving of an NC-17 rating. Grilled eggplant slices, served with just salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil, are the height of deliciousness. (Add tomatoes, and you've moved into the realms of fantasy!)



That said, I just had an eggplant & roast garlic soup that I'd love to duplicate. It seemed to be based on a puree of roast garlic & eggplant, with scallions, red pepper, very soft-cooked chickpeas and chunks of eggplant. I think I could copy it, only I am not sure how you start out the stock for the soup. Any suggestions?
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I'm thinking for your stock starter, you could either go with veg stock or regular water.
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I like it fried with powdered sugar myself. Bhaba Ganouj and eggplant parmesian are also favorites.
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I love eggplant, but it makes my mouth itch
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#11 Old 05-21-2004, 11:52 PM
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I have always loved eggplant but now and finding ways to be creative with it. ... Any creative eggplant ideas that don't involve tons of oil to saturate it- send my way, please! I'm loving it!



Ashbury's Aubergines



Over 2400 recipes for eggplant at



http://www.aubergines.org/recipes.php



Searchable index. Not all veg*n, but you should be able to find some that suit you.
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asian style, lightly steamed chunks or strips, mixed with soy sauce, vinegar, red pepper flakes, sugar, toasted sesame, minced garlic and green onions...

Any and all of these ingredients can be put in together, or just omit the ones you don't like....

You could probably add more spices or other stuff too...

Serve cold or at room temp...
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#13 Old 05-23-2004, 10:43 AM
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I always use the asian eggplants, never tried the other ones for this...Too bitter...
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#14 Old 05-23-2004, 05:37 PM
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I love eggplant, but it makes my mouth itch



Me too! But I eat it anyways- I looove eggplant In fact I'm eating some right now. Eggplant fried up with onions and tomatoes and a sada roti (Indian flatbread).

Scrumpshi-dillious
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Tonight I cut an eggplant into thick slices, then sliced them through the middle making a little pocket inside (keeping them whole), stuffed them with a few fresh basil leaves, brushed them with a bit of olive oil, sprinkled with kosher salt, garlic powder and dried oregano and grilled them.

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#16 Old 07-07-2010, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by rabid_child' date='24 May 2004 - 12:17 PM' timestamp='1085365074' post='408276 View Post


Tonight I cut an eggplant into thick slices, then sliced them through the middle making a little pocket inside (keeping them whole), stuffed them with a few fresh basil leaves, brushed them with a bit of olive oil, sprinkled with kosher salt, garlic powder and dried oregano and grilled them.



That sounds INCREDIBLE! Im so stealing that idea if you dont mind!
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