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1 Food 5 Ways: Eggplant

Take a shine to these glossy summer vegetables
Eggplant

Rich, complex, earthy, and full-bodied: like a fine wine, eggplant has a flavor profile that pairs well with just about anything. These summer-inspired recipes take advantage of eggplant’s subtle taste and show what it can bring to the texture of a dish, from adding creaminess to a spicy dip and “meatiness” to an herb-laced stew, to serving as an edible bowl for a savory millet-and-lentil stuffing.

Pick of the Crop

PURPLE GLOBE OR AMERICAN EGGPLANTS are glossy and can be oval or pear-shaped. Smaller ones are sometimes called Italian eggplants. Choose eggplants that are heavy for their size, with glossy skin and no soft spots. Avoid larger, duller-skinned specimens, which tend to be overmature and seedier inside.

EGG-SHAPED WHITE EGGPLANTS probably gave the veggie its American name. Indian eggplants, also egg-shaped, have red-purple skins. To show off their shape, cook them in halves.

ELONGATED ASIAN EGGPLANTS are slender, thin-skinned, and quick-cooking. They include the dark purple Japanese, the milder light purple Chinese, and the pale-green and purple-tinged Filipino.

ROUND THAI EGGPLANTS, sometimes called apple eggplants, are golf ball-sized and have pale green skin (often with yellow or white striations). Quarter or halve before cooking.

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Eggplant Stir-Fry with Green Beans and Cashews

Eggplant Stir-Fry with Green Beans and Cashews

They may not get star billing on many restaurant menus, but eggplant stir-fries are Asian favorites. Serve this hearty, saucy dish over steamed rice

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Stuffed Eggplant with Lentils and Millet

Stuffed Eggplant with Lentils and Millet

Double or triple the recipe for stuffed eggplants and freeze the extras for fast, filling weeknight meals.

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Eggplant Stacks with Tomato-Chipotle Salsa

Eggplant Stacks with Tomato-Chipotle Salsa

Choose cylindrical eggplants for this recipe so they are easy to cut into uniform slices.

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Roasted Eggplant with Bell Peppers Tomatoes and Herbs

Roasted Eggplant with Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, and Herbs

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This is a good recipe for showing off the curvaceous shapes of white or Thai eggplants. Globe or Asian eggplants will also work.

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Balkan Grilled Eggplant and Red Pepper Dip

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Scads of grilled red peppers give this dip, also known as ajvar (pronounced eye-var), a bright, reddish-orange hue.

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I remember an eggplant recipe with few ingredients, topped with blue cheese. Please send the recipe to me.

La Verne Marcus - 2013-08-24 20:07:08