8 Tasty and Unique Eggplant Recipes

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Make it into a sandwich.

Put it in a bowl.

Use it to whip up a batch of fries.

You may be taken aback by all the creative ways in which you can use eggplant in your daily or weekly cooking.

Cycle through the following recipes to see what we mean:

  1. Eggplant Sandwich Recipe
    • Roasted Eggplant Kale Pesto Sandwich Photo
    • Eggplant is an over-looked under-appreciated vegetable. It sits perched on its second story corner shelf in the produce department near the rutabagas, turnips, yucca root and other out casted veggies. The deep purple hue, curvy pear-shaped body makes it a true beauty and yet it is far less admired than the ripe red tomato, the …
  2. Baked Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
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    • I’ve been noticing panko more on my grocery trips and seeing it pop up in recipes. Since I had never used it before, I wasn’t quite sure what it was, exactly.  So I finally picked up a package and took a closer look. Oh, it’s just breadcrumbs! So what makes them so special? Turns out …
  3. Eggplant Fries Recipe
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    • This recipe for crispy Eggplant Fries is inspired by the greatest culinary technique I learned in my numerous hours spent watching Food Network’s Chopped: If an ingredient looks suspicious, fry it.  The majority of my Food Network watching takes place on the elliptical at the gym, which—judging by his puzzled expression—the dude on the elliptical beside …
  4. Eggplant Pasta Recipe
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    • Looking for a simple, yet heart-warming recipe to get you through the winter months? This easy recipe eggplant pasta with sausage made in the slow cooker fits the bill! Some people are all about pre-cooking most of their slow cooker ingredients. When I’m in a rush to throw together a slow cooker meal before work, …
  5. Eggplant Parmesan Bite Pasta Bowls Recipe
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    • I’ve always loved eggplant parmesan, but it used to be quite a rare thing to find me cooking it at home. The whole operation of putting each individual slice of eggplant through flour, and then egg, and finally breading, was time consuming. And then I could never fit more than a few slices of eggplant …
  6. Gluten Free Baked Eggplant Bites Recipe
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    • As summer is upon us, that means LOTS of farmers markets and gardening is happening too. I may not be a huge fan of the summer, but I am a very big fan of both of these things. I love to pick up fresh produce and make delicious snacks and meals from it. It’s always nice when …
  7. Caponata on a Stick Recipe
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    • Caponata is a dish my mother-in-law made during our last visit to France, where she lives. If you haven’t tried it before, caponata is a cooked vegetable salad with eggplant. Honestly, I don’t remember all of the ingredients but I recall eggplant, olives and peppers. Most importantly, I remember how much we all loved it! …
  8. Baingan Bharta Recipe
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    • Baingan bharta is a popular Punjabi dish cooked by roasting an eggplant, mashing it, and mixing it into a tasty tomato onion based gravy. It is by far one of my favorite things to order at an Indian restaurant. Even though I had Indian food almost every day growing up, I had not tasted baigan bharta until …
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