Weekday Vegetarian: Grilled Marinated Eggplant
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We've been eating an awful lot of asparagus over the past couple of weeks, and my husband has declared himself officially tired of it. So when he went off to the grocery store the other day, my sole instruction was to buy vegetables, leaving it up to him to choose what he would like to eat. He came home with eggplant, saying he had a craving for it grilled.
This recipe from The Kitchn, is actually for a salad using eggplant, with smoked almonds and goat cheese. I just adapted it a bit, well really just left stuff out and served it over Chinese noodles. The eggplant soaks up all of the marinade and makes for a wonderfully flavourful dish. If you wanted to serve this as a main course, you could add some tofu to the marinade for an hour or two before putting in the eggplant.
I cut the recipe in half because it was just for the two of us, but if you have four people go ahead and make the whole thing.
Grilled Marinated Eggplant2 large eggplants, about 2 pounds
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon, about 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon soy sauce1. Heat the grill. Slice the eggplant into lengths and put in a large bowl. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and set aside while making the marinade.2. Whisk together the olive oil, cider vinegar, honey, smoked paprika, and cumin. Dab away any extra water that has beaded up on the eggplant and toss with the marinade. Stir in the garlic. Place the eggplant onto the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes until very tender and slightly browned. Or roast in a 400F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the grill and cool slightly, then cut into cubes.3. Whisk together the lemon juice and soy sauce in the same bowl that held the marinade. Return the eggplant to the bowl and toss with the lemon juice mixture.