Thursday, September 17, 2009


I think eggplant is squeaky. When you eat it, the skin squeaks against your teeth. I don't like that. Therefore, I'm not really fond of eggplant. However, one of Jeremy's co-workers gave us a beautiful little eggplant and I felt compelled to try some dish with it, despite my misgivings about eating squeaky food.

Tuesday night I made an eggplant and red lentil sauce which I served over boiled, buttered potatoes. You know what? It was tasty! The flavor was nice, the texture and look, could be off-putting to some, but overall it was a success. I think part of the reason I liked it, is that the recipe called for the eggplant to be peeled. Aha, squeakiness resolved. :)


Kim said...

My sister has a great method for eggplant - slice it up super thin. Soak it in salt water for about 30 minutes, then take it out and blot it off so it's dry. Then saute in olive oil. They come out like crispy almost potato chips. Super delicious. Apparently the soaking in salt water is good for taste?

Loved hanging out with you today!

the Lady of Dragonwood said...

You can also leave the sliced eggplant in a colander with salt sprinkled over it. Gets out the bitterness.

My favorite eggplant dish is to layer it with cheese and spaghetti sauce and bake it in the oven. This is even nicer if you bread and fry the eggplant first. Works with zucchini, too!

Margaret said...

I've been making my peace with eggplant as well. I was at a delicious Persian restaurant and the dipping sauce for the kabobs and rice was an eggplant reduction mixed with several other things. Incredibly tart, but incredibly perfect with the kabobs and rice.

sam said...

@Lady of Dragonwood
The spaghetti sauce and cheese dish with fried zucchini sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to try that.

Anonymous said...

Now don't "dis" eggplant. Squeaky or not it is delicious!

So says your father... LOL

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