Thursday, October 8, 2009
HOW TO GRILL EGGPLANT SLICES - Steven Raichlen
But this post is more from my exciting night of accepting the ALL VEGETARIAN MEAL (without making a big salad) challenge...
These are just as good as they look, and if you have never had eggplant, it is MUCH better than it sounds (confession, this is the first time I have ever eaten eggplant... What a fool I was).
This recipe can be found on page 367 of Steven Raichlen's amazing grill guide, HOW TO GRILL. The book includes two pages of detailed instructions, including lots of photographs and a simple easy to follow recipe. Click HERE to go to Amazon.com and read other people's reviews or to order. I just found out they have discounted the price, new copies are available for less than $10 and used copies for less than $6!
This is incredibly easy, and you can flavor eggplant with whatever you like. Texture is a little soft, but compares to big mushrooms in consistency. But of course, the taste is what's important...
As with most vegetables, if you are going to grill, thicker slices work better. Narrow slices fall through grate, thick ones have enough substance to get great grill marks and the grill fire flavor that only grilling adds!
Cut the slices about 1 inch thick. generously coat with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Then, you can follow Steven's recipe, or just start tossing the spices that sound best to you...
He suggests coarse salt, oregano, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and fresh parsley.
Grill over direct medium heat for about five minutes per side
I like to add a little fresh minced garlic on the top, after the first side has been flipped. Things like that tend to fall off when you grill, so this way it STINKS of garlic (hooray).
That's pretty much it. Another five minutes for the B side and they are ready to present.
I like the bed of lettuce look, especially since I had committed to serve all vegetarian with no salad. the lemon wedges just looked pretty. No one bothered to squeeze any on, and I would leave them off next time.
I will certainly make this again (Eggplants at the Farmer's market were only 50 cents each!). No changes to the recipe, so this qualifies as a 5 of 5 recipe on that scale from 1 to 5!
Everybody repeat after me...