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Old 10-23-2011, 07:23 PM   #11
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If you have never eaten eggplant, do yourself a favor and eat it from someone who loves eggplant and can cook it well. I know a bunch of people who hate it because if how it was prepared. Even a lot of restaurants get it wrong. An badly prepared eggplant is a crime and a good one is divine.
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:37 PM   #12
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Good point spiceof... If I screw it up the first time I won't blame the eggplant, but I am pretty good at following a recipe and having something that I've never eaten before come out good (to me).
Looking forward to this. Is eggplant like zucchini? What the heck is an eggplant anyway? Is it in the squash family?
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:08 PM   #13
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It is the nightshade family such as tomatoes and potatoes. What we do with it is roast it first (halve them, oil them, roast them face down for 30-50 minutes depending) and then scoop the flesh for other things. My fave is Giambotta, sort of like an ratatouille,. Baba ganoush is awesome too.

Either way, pre-salting or cooking is essential.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:41 PM   #14
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My favorite eggplant dish is Moussaka. Yummmm
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:00 PM   #15
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My favorite eggplant dish is Moussaka. Yummmm
Now THAT is a good dish! Yummmm!
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:01 PM   #16
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That sounds pretty good. I've never eaten eggplant, but this could get me to try it.
Do you think both sides were grilled and then the topping put on?
You've never eaten eggplant! I can't believe that!
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:35 AM   #17
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When buying eggplant, select small, firm ones. Larger ones have seeds. You need to remove the seeds because it is the seeds the render eggplant bitter.
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I'm not very fond of eggplant, but there are ways that I enjoy it. Baba ghanoush is yummy. We find that if it is chopped into 1 cm or so pieces, the offensive aspects vanish. I love my homemade moussaka with the eggplant chopped up after it's fried.

There are just some foods that I don't want a large chunk of in my mouth.
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