This baked eggplant recipe is made with eggplant, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, salt and ground black pepper, and Italian parsley. It's simple and has few steps from start to finish.
When cooking eggplant, first peel the tough skin off in a striped fashion, leaving strips of skin behind to hold the flesh together when cooking. An eggplant should be appropriately salted before cooking to remove the bitter juices and collapse any air pockets.
Eggplant has several health benefits and is good for human consumption. It is a fat-free, high-fiber vegetable that contains antioxidants and nutrients that help with metabolism and brain health.
Prepare oven-baked eggplant by slicing it and putting into a pre-heated oven of 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the size and cut of the eggplant, roasting time can extend up to an hour, until the eggplant is soft and a deep caramel color.
Enjoy simple baked eggplant with salt and oil, turn it into mini eggplant pizzas or go all out and make baked eggplant Parmesan. Eggplant is a hearty vegetable that works well on its own or in many baked recipes.
Food Network has a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for eggplant casserole. The casserole is made with a red pepper pesto and topped with Cajun breadcrumbs.
Eggplant's mild flavor allows it to pair well with many types of meat, including beef, lamb, sausage, pork, chicken and shrimp. Some dishes include meat in the recipe. For example, the Greek dish moussaka combines ground beef or lamb with eggplant, tomatoes and other flavorful ingredients.
Start planting eggplant seeds indoors, and plant them outdoors in a sunny outdoor spot once outside temperatures have warmed to at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Add compost to the soil after tilling it.
To grow an eggplant, start the seeds indoors, transplant the seedlings to a sunny location, pinch off the terminal growing points, water and fertilize the plants, stake the plants and pinch off buds. You need containers with potting soil, a trowel, seeds, stakes, water and fertilizer.
Eggplant can be made into a tasty dip very easily by roasting with a number of vegetables (such as onions and peppers), before blending in a food processor and serving with bread or crackers. The dip makes a great entree or snack.