Eggplant - Asian



Quick Facts

Quantity: Per eggplant
Flavor: Bitter raw, rich when cooked
Grown: Field
Grown by: Production Intern
Availability: July


Storage and Preparation

Short Term Storage: Store whole eggplant unwashed in a plastic bag the refrigerator crisper drawer for 2-4 days. 
Preparation: Eggplant should be thoroughly washed with cold running water before being prepared or consumed. 


Pairings and Nutrition

Pairings: Eggplant is commonly used in Indian and French cuisine.  It is very versatile and can be baked, steamed, boiled, grilled, sautéed, breaded, and stuffed. 
Nutrition: Eggplant is a good source of dietary fiber, especially when eaten with the skin on.


Eggplant Recipes


Eggplant Cacciatore Sandwiches
Ingredients:
  • 16 ounces loaf frozen garlic bread, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into cubes
  • 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  stewed tomatoes--drained and coarsely chopped, juices reserved
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese
Directions:
  1. Bake the garlic bread according to package instructions; keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid and begin to brown, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in the white wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the oregano and the tomatoes with their juices and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Halve the garlic bread crosswise. Divide the eggplant mixture among the 4 pieces and top with the provolone. Broil until the cheese is melted.

Baked Eggplant and Zucchini
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into long slabs
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into long slabs
  • 1 cup each shredded fontina and parmesan
  • 1/3 cup torn basil
Directions:
  1. Spread 1/2 cup sauce in 9-by-13-inch baking dish; top with eggplant, zucchini, 3/4 cup sauce and half of each cheese and basil; repeat. Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees

Glazed Eggplant with Sesame Seeds and Chives
Ingredients:
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 small japanese eggplants
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for sprinkling
  • Finely chopped chives, for sprinkling
Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together 6 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar; bring to a boil and cook until reduced by one-third.
  2. Slice 4 small japanese eggplants, alternating between crosswise and diagonal cuts to make 32 wedges about 1 inch long. Stand the eggplant wedges on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Brush with toasted sesame oil and bake in a 375 degrees oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Brush with two-thirds of the soy glaze and bake for 10 minutes more, then brush with the remaining soy glaze.
  5. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and finely chopped chives. Serve warm.