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[–]toasthaste[S] 3 points4 points ago

I've been making a lot of baba ganoush lately but I want some hot eggplant dishes that aren't just dips yaknow?

rattatoulie sounds amazing but seems like a ton of work

[–]StudentRadical27 1 point2 points ago

Ratatouille is great - try it out sometime!

[–]toasthaste[S] 1 point2 points ago

but yeah i literally just read thru a recipe to see how much of a pain it'd be and my mouth is watering, hot damn I need to eat this

[–]toasthaste[S] 0 points1 point ago

I really want to, it's just a whole big production D:

next time lots of the ingredients are on sale I'mma grab em and make it i think

[–]StudentRadical27 1 point2 points ago

If you have a good knife that's sharp, that'll help a lot. It's a good practice opportunity too. Do identical pieces slowly and eventually you'll get both good and fast.

[–]oakreefhealth as fuck 3 points4 points ago

Honestly I usually just fry it I a frying pan with some peppers and onions and seasoning

[–]toasthaste[S] 0 points1 point ago

i need to do this. one time i did some eggplant stir fry and it turned out bad so I just kinda assumed it couldn't be done. Do you leave the skin on, or no?

[–]oakreefhealth as fuck 1 point2 points ago

I usually slice it into thin circles, mix them in with the other chopped veg and a bit of oil to coat them and then just throw them in the pan

[–]toasthaste[S] 0 points1 point ago

I will try this, for some reason starting out with thin circles never occurred to me

[–]StudentRadical27 1 point2 points ago

You gotta make them cry. Slice thinly, wipe moisture with a paper towel. Put the slices on another paper towel, sprinkle fine salt over to draw moisture and remove bitterness, flip them over again and add salt. Also in my experience, eggplant doesn't like a crowded pan, so you could sauté or stirfry it first, then do the other veggies and then put them back in.

[–]toasthaste[S] 0 points1 point ago

see, I do know the salt m cry strat, but it's just too much dang work for me! it makes me just not have eggplant, I think I prefer it a bit soggy and bitter than not at all

[–]StudentRadical27 1 point2 points ago

It's mostly passive work though. You need to have it done right a few times and then you'll do it with gusto

[–]StudentRadical27 2 points3 points ago

Imam bayildi. (Hope I wrote it right.)

[–]hoppet🍕🍣🍛🌯🧀🍔🍜🍵🍪 1 point2 points ago

Try doing what the guy does in the how to eat a watermelon video but with a big eggplant

[–]trimalchio 1 point2 points ago

my favorite eggplant dish is eggplant parm; it's not exactly healthy except if you do it without meat it's like not that bad i guess. but omg a good deep fry on a eggplant slice with bread crumb battering and then melting cheese on top of it and then putting some dank ass tomato sauce on top is amazing.

the recipe for the fried eggplant can be used with other preparations too!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/eggplant-parmesan-109739

that's a pretty good recipe for it except I don't like baking it all together with sauce and eggplant slices; I'd generally save the sauce until you plate and I'd broil the eggplant with mozz and parm to melt the cheese after the deep fry, but then just spoon sauce on to those on the plate. Also BASIL. basil goes everywhere on this dish, in the sauce, in between the eggplant and the mozz when you broil, and under the sauce when you do sauce on top. oh also instead of panko i like italian breadcrumbs with herbs. the parm in there is a new idea for me though; i can't vouch for it.

but you can make those eggplant fried slices and use them in a lot of things where a nice hearty veggie thing is called for. like, you could do fried eggplant wraps, fried eggplant in a fritatta, fried eggplant caesar salad, etc etc

anywho, the only other dish i really make with eggplant is ratatoullie, i generally make it as a single pot dish and don't bother with annnny of the separate cooking or baking or anything fancy. it usually tastes great and i like to have it with pasta or bread or something.

it's funny though, my mom hates eggplant because of how her mom made it so all of my eggplant discovery happened on my own in college where i learned these recipes. and for some reason i haven't cooked them since then... i should make good eggplant parm soon.