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Six delicious ways to cook eggplants this summer

According to Wikipedia the eggplant has a special place in folklore. In 13th-century Italy, the eggplant was believed to cause insanity. In 19th-century Egypt, insanity was said to be “more common and more violent” when the eggplant is in season in the summer.

I don’t know about eggplant-induced craziness, but similar believes, which seems largely unfounded, have survived well into our times. We Italians don’t generally feel the need to deprive ourselves of these nutritious and versatile vegetables and enjoy cooking them in many ways. I hope you will enjoy them too!

 

  1. Slice thinly, quickly blanch then grill. Marinade in your best olive oil plus garlic and lemon juice. A perfect side dish.

  2. Griddle as int the first photo above or roast whole eggplants. Swirl the sweet insides with ricotta and mint or basil to make a herby dip.

    roasted eggplant ricotta dip

  3. or make my lazy basil sformato a perfect appetizer or vegetarian main for 2.

  4. Stir fry Italian style. In Umbria we call it bandiera. It’s like ratatouille, but better.

  5. have time? go classic and prepare an authentic eggplant parmigiana, the real one with fried eggplants.

    Don’t know how to fry eggplants? watch my “vintage” video here (bonus: the little girl in the video is 8 years old Tea!)

  6. Have a crowd? make this fabulous Sicilian pasta bake, pasta incasciata, which feeds a small army and makes everyone happy. A great make ahead recipe too.

…..and if you feel a little bit crazy, now you know, it probably because of the eggplants.

Happy cooking!

 

 

 

PS. The new prints of  “A kitchen with a view” are beautiful and they have finally been delivered to Amazon (US/CA). All copies are signed by me, find them here!

 

 

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