12 Delicious Recipes That Will Make You Love Eggplant

It's Incredibly Versatile

Szechuan Eggplant and Pork in Garlic Sauce

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Are you new to cooking eggplant? These delicious eggplant recipes will give you plenty of easy ways to cook this healthy vegetable for dinner, as a side dish, party appetizer, or a vegetarian school lunch for kids.

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    Classic Eggplant Parmesan

    Classic Eggplant Parmesan

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    Eggplant Parmesan is one the great Italian-American dishes. This classic vegetarian casserole is made with breaded and fried eggplant slices layered lasagne-style with mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, and tomato sauce. The entire thing is baked until the whole things is bubbly, tender, and golden brown.

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    Eggplant Fritters-

    Eggplant Fritters-

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    Pan-fried eggplant fritters are super-easy to whip up, low in calories, and a great way to get kids to eat vegetables. Make them with mashed eggplant and just a few other ingredients as a dinner appetizer or a nutritious school lunch. Serve with salsa or sour cream on the side for dipping.

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    Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta

    Eggplant with Tomatoes and Feta

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    Eggplant with tomatoes and feta is a healthy, vegetarian dish inspired by Greek cuisine. It makes a tasty meatless meal on its own or a wonderful side dish for grilled fish or poultry. Parsley, oregano, mint, and garlic bring tons of aromatic flavor to fried eggplant rounds, canned or fresh tomatoes, and feta cheese.

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    Lebanese Spicy Eggplant Dip

    Lebanese Spicy Eggplant Dip

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    Take one spicy step beyond baba ganoush with this chunky, party-ready, Lebanese eggplant dip that includes green chiles. Start by roasting whole eggplants, then scoop out their insides and blend with tahini, chiles, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Serve with pita bread triangles or crackers for dipping.

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    Perfect Grilled Eggplant

    Perfect Grilled Eggplant

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    Tender grilled eggplant, with a smoky flavor from the barbecue grill, is a summer cookout hero, whether you use it for topping burger, add it to salads, or serve it as a side dish on its own. This genius recipe calls for brining the vegetable in salt water before grilling to yield eggplant that's crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and full of flavor every time.

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    Ratatouille With Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Herbs

    Ratatouille With Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Herbs

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    Ratatouille is a French stewed vegetable dish that includes eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, garlic, onions, and a variety of herbs. Once you chop the vegetables, just toss them into a Dutch oven or sauce pot, and simmer slowly until well-softened. Serve it as a dinner soup with baguette slices or as an elegant topping for crostini.

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    Szechuan Eggplant and Pork in Garlic Sauce

    Szechuan Eggplant and Pork in Garlic Sauce

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    Save money on take-out with this restaurant-style recipe for garlicky stir-fried eggplant. For best results, use Chinese eggplant, which has a more delicate flavor, and fewer seeds, than the more common eggplant in grocery stores. Blanching the vegetable before stir-frying is a clever step that keeps its purple skin bright.

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    Eggplant Prosciutto Pizza

    Eggplant Prosciutto Pizza

    Molly Watson

    When you can make pizza this good at home, who needs delivery? Meaty eggplant, salty prosciutto, nutty Parmesan cheese, garlic, and chile flakes make an awesome, savory topping for store-bought or homemade pizza dough. Don't skip the step of soaking the eggplant in salted water before baking as this results in much more tender eggplant.

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    Turkish Baked Eggplant Filled With Ground Beef

    Turkish Baked Eggplant Filled With Ground Beef

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    Turkish cuisine has so many ways to cook eggplant and this preparation with ground beef is one of our favorites. Use slender Asian eggplants, gently frying them whole to make them tender, before stuffing with a mixture of seasoned, browned beef, garlic, and tomatoes, and baking to heat through. It makes a great one-pan meal or an ultra-filling side dish.

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    Israeli Eggplant and Red Pepper Salad

    Israeli Eggplant and Red Pepper Salad

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    Whether you serve it as a salad, a side dish, or a savory topping for baguette slices, this unique medley of deep-fried eggplant and sauteed red bell pepper in a tangy ketchup-and-vinegar dressing is sure to win raves from guests. Serve it warm or cold, garnishing with fresh chopped parsley for an elegant presentation.

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    Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

    Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole

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    Even picky eaters will enjoy eating their vegetables with this easy, cheesy dinner casserole that features eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, gooey cheddar cheese, and a crunchy buttered breadcrumb crust. Bake it up in under an hour, for a filling and nutritious vegetarian family meal.

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    Crispy Eggplant Fries

    Crispy Eggplant Fries

    Diana Rattray

    Both crispy and tender, deep-fried eggplant strips make a great alternative to French fries when you're trying to cut out carbs. They're a cinch to make, too! Just dip flour-coated eggplant strips into egg wash, dredge in breadcrumbs, and fry in hot oil. For an even crunchier experience, use panko instead of regular breadcrumbs.