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 Post subject: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:32 am 
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It's my new project, I will learn to love aubergine!

How can I go about it?


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:51 am 
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I didn't like eggplant till I came to Japan and had their smaller eggplants. Smaller, no seeds, not as bitter. Fried in tempura batter. Almost anything is good fried, right? I also love it as sashimi with a little wasabi. They often have it pickled as well. All good options!


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:02 am 
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What is it that you don't like?

For me, the texture is unappetising unless it's cooked REALLY well - falling apart kinda well. Then it's melt in your mouth deliciousness! So my recommendation would be a pasta sauce - saute onions in olive oil, add garlic and tomato puree for a few mins, add chopped aubergine for a few mins, then add tins of tomatoes. Herbs and seasoning to taste. Simmer until aubergine is well done - t his can take a while, depending on the size of your chunks.

This recipe also looks good: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/S ... d-Eggplant


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:59 am 
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i was not a fan of it either til i moved to japan!! and then had it grilled on the BBQ, or pan-charred....dipped in soy sauce with finely grated ginger in it.... drool.....

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:05 am 
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I took a dislike to it as a kid; I can't even remember what it was about it! I haven't touched it since so I want to start with a surefire winner! The pasta sauce sounds plausible...


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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tempura is definitely a good way to cook eggplant! i also really like brinjal bhaji (a tomatoey eggplant curry) and eggplant stir-fries - pretty much any dish in which it's cooked until it's soft and gooey.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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What do you like to eat and what don't you like about eggplant?

If you like tomato, there are so many good tomato dishes (there is a great Turkish eggplant and tomato salad that I love, which lets the eggplant shine. I find grilled eggplant generally is sweet and smoky and the tomato keeps it nice and moist.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:39 am 
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I've tried it so many different ways, and never liked it (texture or flavor) until I tried eggplant bacon. Sliced really thin, crispy, smoky flavor - worked for me!


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I used to hate it too but it's grown on me.

baba ghanoush might be a good start?

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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Breaded and fried with tomato sauce!


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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Do you have Veganomicon? The Spicy Peanut and Eggplant Stew (I think that's what it is called) is amaaaazing.

I also really like eggplant in the Indian dish Baingan Bharta, such as this one: http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2009/10/ ... -eggplant/


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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I think AFR has an eggplant dengaku recipe, but its basically like this: http://momofukufor2.com/2010/06/nasu-de ... nt-recipe/

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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AFR eggplant kibbeh! It's so good! And you'd never know it's eggplant.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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AFR also has the eggplant kibbeh recipe which is also really really good.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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I'm not a huge eggplant fan. But I found that if I slice it thin and drizzle olive oil on it, season with salt and pepper, and then bake it, it gets really sweet and falls apart. It's not tough at all which is what normally turns me off of eggplant. This is my eggplant sandwich recipe.

Baked eggplant as stated above
Saute'd onions, sundried tomatoes in oil, and spinach or any leafy green
Toasted ciabatta bread drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Basically just layer on the eggplant and the saute mixture onto the bread and get your grub on! Or you could always make eggplant parm. That is always a winner.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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I didn't have any interest in eggplant (nor many memories of eating it growing up) until I made my own thinly-breaded, eggplant parmigiana and a local veg deli's dry-roasted, thinly sliced eggplant sandwich with almond ricotta. I agree with the try-a-new-cuisine ideas. I'm also partial to smaller eggplant - particularly, the small Indian (I think) globes you can find in Indian and Asian cuisine.

Earlier in the week, I pan-fried sliced rounds in olive oil until browned on both sides, added salt, a heap of minced garlic and sliced hot peppers, and lastly, tomato quarters and fresh basil and ate this over a little rotini pasta. SO GOOD and buttery soft. Last night, I sauteed large chunks of eggplant in peanut oil and used them in a red curry, where they stood up a bit more but still had that creamy bite.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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The eggplant & black eyed pea curry on the ppk blog is so, so good. If you're wanting to ease into eggplant this is a great dish to try.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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Baingan Bharta from an Indian restaurant. Nomnomnomnom.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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I only like Japanese or Chinese eggplants. Basically, the long skinny ones.

I like roasting them sliced in the oven with a little olive oil and salt.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:42 am 
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i've always liked eggplant no matter how it was cooked, but i think grilled eggplant is the greatest thing in the world. i sprinkle kosher salt on the slices about 15 minutes before i cook them to draw out some of the water, and then i wipe all that salt off before i put the eggplant on the grill. zero bitterness + perfectly crispy edges + smoky grill char = happymouth. and also,

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Baingan Bharta from an Indian restaurant. Nomnomnomnom.


nomnomnomnom, indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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I've never heard of someone who didn't like eggplant. I'm amazed. I grew up eating a LOT of eggplant parmigiana. In fact, that might be my favorite way to eat it. Also, I oven slice eggplant and grill it on my countertop grill and then stuff 'em in a a roll with mediterranean ingredients like spinach, peppers olives, sundried tomato olive oil and vinegar. And I also agree with babganouj. You'll be eating eggplant, but you won't realize it.

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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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I don't really salt eggplant anymore because I don't mind the bitterness, but salting it for a half hour before you cook it removes some of the bitter liquid. Just rinse the salt off well and pat the eggplant dry.

I think it's better when it's cut smaller as well. Sometimes when it's cut in larger chunks, it doesn't get cooked as thoroughly. It's best when it's cooked to perfect squishy mushyness.


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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I made a chickpea and aubergine baked stew tonight (inspired by the pasta sauce suggestion above) and it wa AWESOME. Maybe I'm a secret fan of the stuff... I'm going to work mu way down this thread and become an aubergine evangelist!


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 Post subject: Re: How can I find love for the aubergine/eggplant?
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Tofulish wrote:
I think AFR has an eggplant dengaku recipe, but its basically like this: http://momofukufor2.com/2010/06/nasu-de ... nt-recipe/


Yes! The first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title was nasu no miso dengaku. Just had it the other day. Yum!


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