Eggplants come into their prime from July through October. It currently being late August means it's time for us to do just one thing: start eating eggplant!
The deceptively light vegetable is a favorite around these parts because of its incredible versatility and ability to substitute into a range of meat-based recipes. Lasagnas, sandwiches, pastas and more are all upgraded with the addition of this seasonal veggie.
From Greek-inspired moussaka to Mediterranean baba ghanoush, there is really so much to do with eggplant. Grill it, smoke it, sauté it, and more - this versatile veggie is used in cuisines from around the globe.
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Read on for our ten favorite eggplant dishes for the season.
How do you regularly use eggplant? Let us know in the comments below. For more vegetable grilling fun, check out last week's Best Grilled Veggies article and then pair it with some wine from Snooth!
Baba Ghanoush - Rich and creamy with a little smoke, this dip is perfect with pita bread.
Moussaka - This hearty dish is layered with different ingredients for a blend of textures and flavors.
Steamed Japanese Eggplant with Spicy Green Onion-Ginger Sauce - Japanese eggplants are used in this dish for an ideal side to fish or chicken.
Eric Guido's Eggplant Parmigiana - A delicious take on the rustic Italian classic.
Fried Eggplant with Honey, Mint and Sesame Seeds - The combination of salt, sweet honey and meaty eggplant in this fried dish is deliciously addictive.
Roasted Eggplant Lasagna - Roasted eggplant slices take the place of the meat in this lasagna recipe.
Ziti, Eggplant and Fontina Gratin - Veggie mac and cheese, for adults!
Curried Eggplant - Serve this over basmati rice for a meat-free Indian dinner.
Eggplant Pilaf with Pistachios and Cinnamon - A good pilaf can make your whole meal, this one shines when accompanying herb-roasted chicken.
Miso-Garlic Broiled Eggplant - The eggplant becomes soft and tender in this sweet, caramelized eggplant dish.