Striped Eggplant

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:

Bake the garlic bread according to package instructions; keep warm.

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.

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.

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:

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:

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.

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.

Brush with toasted sesame oil and bake in a 375 degrees oven for 15 minutes.

Brush with two-thirds of the soy glaze and bake for 10 minutes more, then brush with the remaining soy glaze.

Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and finely chopped chives. Serve warm.