This week on Food Network’s Summer Fest, a group of talented bloggers are featuring farm fresh recipes using Eggplant that’s in season. Each week, recipes using farm fresh produce will be featured on the Food Network website along with recipes by a group of fabulous food bloggers. I love eggplant, especially the Asian varieties that are smaller.
Traditionally, the eggplant is cooked in oil on the stovetop. If you’ve ever cooked eggplant, you know that it sucks up oil like there’s no tomorrow. Even after salting it and letting it sit, eggplant can still soak up a lot of oil when cooked in a pan.
Recently, I found some Japanese eggplant among the fresh produce in my CSA Box, so it was the perfect opportunity to try recreating this Asian eggplant dish, but this time, grilling the eggplant. I prepared the sauce on the stove top and simply spooned it on top of the grilled eggplant. Incredibly good!
Not only is this way of preparing eggplant a winner, but you will also reap the health benefits of eggplant if you try this dish. Did you know that eggplant skin contains a powerful antioxidant called nasunin? Nasunin is supposed to be good for brain health, helping to protect the fats in brain cell membranes (which protect brain cells from free radicals). Eggplant is also an excellent source of fiber and manganese.
So, next time you eat eggplant, leave the skin on and remember that it’s good for your brain.
Be sure to check out the following recipes from all my friends participating in this week’s Summer Fest!
Feed Me Phoebe: Grilled Eggplant Baba Ganoush
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Asian Grilled Eggplant With Soy-Sesame Sauce
From My Corner of Saratoga: Ratatouille Fresh From the Garden
And Love It Too: Slow-Cooker Paleo Eggplant Parmesan
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Homemade Baba Ganoush
Made by Michelle: Eggplant Zucchini Muffins
Cooking With Elise: Stuffed Eggplant
Virtually Homemade: Layered Ratatouille la Ratatouille
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Eggplant and Peppers Dip
HGTV Gardens: Garden-to-Table: Eggplant
Thursday Night Dinner: Eggplant Flatbread
Healthy Eats: Going Meatless With Eggplant Devour: Giada’s Rigatoni With Eggplant Puree
Cooking With Books: Sriracha and Honey Eggplant Rice
FN Dish: Eggplant: Champion of the Meat-Free Meal
Asian Grilled Eggplant with Soy Sesame Sauce