nutritional information

Per Wrap:

  • Calories: 23
  • Protein: <1 g
  • Total Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 122 mg
  • Fiber: <1 g
  • Sugar: 2 g

Smoky Eggplant and Melon Wraps

Smoky Eggplant and Melon Wraps

Makes 24 wraps

30 minutes or fewer

Cured ham wrapped around chunks of melon is a tapas staple in Spain. Here grilled eggplant offers a smoky contrast to fresh cantaloupe.
  • 1 medium eggplant (¾ lb.)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 lb. cantaloupe, peeled and cut into 24 1-inch chunks (from ½ large melon)

1. Quarter eggplant lengthwise, and slice into 24 long, very thin strips using mandoline or sharp vegetable peeler.

2. Whisk together oil, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, and salt in 9-inch square baking dish. Add eggplant strips, and let marinate 10 minutes.

3. Heat gas grill to high. Grill eggplant strips 2 minutes per side, or until strips are very tender and have pronounced grill marks.

4. Wrap 1 strip grilled eggplant around each melon chunk, and secure with toothpick.

June 2012 p.74

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So I made these for a tapas party, and although I didn't like them, some of my guests really did. I had a friend describe them as "oddly delicious." It is a very different taste which I think some are going to like and some aren't. I thought slicing and grilling and wrapping the eggplant would be difficult, but it wasn't.

Angela Contento - 2015-06-17 17:26:51