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Smoky Eggplant and Melon Wraps

Cured ham wrapped around chunks of melon is a tapas staple in Spain. Here grilled eggplant offers a smoky contrast to fresh cantaloupe.

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Cured ham wrapped around chunks of melon is a tapas staple in Spain. Here grilled eggplant offers a smoky contrast to fresh cantaloupe.

Servings
24

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant (3/4 lb.)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 lb. cantaloupe, peeled and cut into 24 1-inch chunks (from 1/2 large melon)

Preparation

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.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 23
  • Carbohydrate Content 3 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 1 g
  • Fiber Content 0.5 g
  • Protein Content 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content 122 mg
  • Sugar Content 2 g