Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Taste of Tuesday

This year we've had the most beautiful, abundant eggplant ever!  This is an easy, seasonal appetizer I've discovered:

Market Fresh
Eggplant Caviar

1  large eggplant (about 1 1⁄2 pounds)
1/2  small onion, finely chopped (1⁄4 cup)
1  clove garlic, finely chopped
2  tablespoons  chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for serving (you can substitute 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
1  tablespoon  olive oil
1  teaspoon  red wine vinegar
1  tablespoon  mayonnaise (optional)
kosher or sea salt and black pepper
Crackers or cut-up vegetables

1. Heat oven to 400° F. Using a fork, prick the eggplant all over. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast until very tender, 50 to 60 minutes.

2. When the eggplant is cool enough to handle, halve it lengthwise and scrape out the flesh, discarding the skin. Finely chop the flesh and transfer it to a large bowl.

3. Add the onion, garlic, parsley, oil, vinegar, mayonnaise (if using), ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and mix to combine. Sprinkle with additional parsley and serve with the crackers or vegetables.

Bon appetit!


Wanda said...

Looks good! Have you found that 'boy' eggplants are tastier than 'girl' eggplants? http://www.thesweetbeet.com/sex-and-the-eggplant/

Cherie said...

Wanda - hmmm...wasn't aware there was a difference. Thanks for sharing the link - the story about the white eggplants not being good for commercial production was interesting. I might look into growing a few next year.