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Old 09-08-2009, 03:23 PM   #21
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Back to the lasagna idea - Try using grilled eggplant slices interlaced with the pasta.

Next idea - pressed sandwiches.

Grill 1/3 inch rounds of eggplant. Grill and peel red peppers.
Using a round loaf of crispy french style bread - slice it crossways in half and pull out some of the center soft bread. Broil the inside of the 2 halves to toast. Brush loaf halves with pesto then layer in ingredients:

Grilled eggplant, smoked provolone slices, sliced fresh mozzarella, grilled peeled red peppers, chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Season with cracked pepper, a little garlic and anything else you like - I like chopped rosemary. Wrap the big round sandwich in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge with a weight on top. Several heavy cans or a couple of bricks. Let it press for several hours.

To serve - cut in wedges and serve it with a toasted garbanzo salad and some chips.

Salad: toast garbanzo beans, pine nuts and a little sliced onion in a oiled (olive) frying pan. Remove from heat and add lemon juice, a large handful of chopped parsley, salt and pepper and some chopped cucumber. Serve over a bed of arugula.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:05 PM   #22
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One more - can you tell I like eggplant??

Pasta and eggplant w. tomato/dill sauce.

Make sauce:
Heat plain tomato sauce in pan with some dill, garlic and cracked pepper - heavy on the dill. Remove from heat and stir in 1/3 C sour cream. Set aside.

Cook some interesting bite sized pasta - rotini or farfalle and set aside.

Sear: Cubed eggplant, some mushrooms (use interesting ones if you have 'em) and onion. Add a can of drained white beans, chopped capers, parsley, a little red pepper flake and some diced garlic; fully heat.

Build the dish in a soup plate: Sauce on the bottom, add pasta, top with eggplant mixture. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese. Serve.
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:21 PM   #23
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This is great - serve with spaghetti or other pasta:
FAUX FRIED EGGPLANT
http://www.recipezaar.com/59115
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:21 PM   #24
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Dont worry guys/ gals, Ive been a veggie for 20 + years, so i can adapt just about any meat dish into a veggie dish. I think thats one of the reasons i like to cook, is for the challenge. Im going with the moussaka idea first, since thats what i saw yesterday, But, there are so many others id like to try from this thread. Thanks for all the suggestions. Keep them coming.
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:15 PM   #25
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Moussaka? Stuffed with tomatoes, onions and other squash?
I was going to suggest the same - stuffed eggplant!
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:29 PM   #26
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Greek eggplant salad or what is it name sltan Obalduy (completely made this one up) cannot remember the real name.

'sokay, Charlie! Greek Eggplant Salad is "Melitzanosalata."

I don't have my recipe on this computer, but it is one of my favorite summer foods. It qualifies as vegetarian if one is a lacto-ovo vegetarian, because there are eggs and feta in it. I'll be glad to post it later.
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:29 PM   #27
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Not a main dish - but still a fun eggplant thing:

Eggplant phyllo appetizers

Slice eggplant in to 1/2 inch rounds and grill with olive oil. Season with garlic pwdr and soy sauce while grilling.

Once grilled, cut rounds into halves or quarters.
Roll 1 or 2 pieces (stacked) along with a small chunk of feta cheese in a 1/4 sheet strip of phyllo dough that has been been brushed w/butter. You can do a roll or a packet - but make sure the ends are closed.

Bake at 350 till lightly brown. You an eat plain or serve with a yogurt dipping sauce.
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:32 PM   #28
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My family likes eggplant. Thanks for these great recipes.
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:48 PM   #29
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'sokay, Charlie! Greek Eggplant Salad is "Melitzanosalata."

I don't have my recipe on this computer, but it is one of my favorite summer foods. It qualifies as vegetarian if one is a lacto-ovo vegetarian, because there are eggs and feta in it. I'll be glad to post it later.
Please post, I adore eggplant and would love to make this for a Sunday get together.
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