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    The other day I decided to grab a vegetable/fruit I have not cooked. So I got eggplants now I go and look and think what will I do with them? Ideas anyone? Please.

  • #2
    I love eggplant and I always cooked it the way Italians do. I just cut it in thin slices, dip it in eggs and then bread crumbs and fry it. It is fantastic.

    I recently had an eggplant cheese casserole with several types of cheese and tomatoes. It was delicious. I've been trying to find the recipe. If I find it I will post it for you.

    There is also a middle eastern dish called Mousaka (not sure if I spelled that right) You can have it with meet if you like or without. I like this too. It is easy to make. You just wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it at 350 until it is completely soft. Then you take it out split the skin and scrape out the inside. You mix it with Tahini (not sure if I spelled that right either). It is really good.



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    • #3
      Originally posted by Thekla View Post
      I love eggplant and I always cooked it the way Italians do. I just cut it in thin slices, dip it in eggs and then bread crumbs and fry it. It is fantastic.

      I recently had an eggplant cheese casserole with several types of cheese and tomatoes. It was delicious. I've been trying to find the recipe. If I find it I will post it for you.

      There is also a middle eastern dish called Mousaka (not sure if I spelled that right) You can have it with meet if you like or without. I like this too. It is easy to make. You just wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it at 350 until it is completely soft. Then you take it out split the skin and scrape out the inside. You mix it with Tahini (not sure if I spelled that right either). It is really good.


      thanks for the ideas. I wonder if the first one would work if I baked the slices instead of frying. I am trying to lose weight.
      I saw two recipes on net:

      eggplant tomatoe pie. The eggplant is boiled and mashed with breadcrumbs, onions, garlic melted butter pesto be. You layer with sliced tomatoes in pie dis topped cheese and parsle. Then baked 30 mins.

      Another
      eggplant au gratin


      bake eggplant slices after brushing slices with oil. For 16 mins turning halfway. Cool. Layer eggplant, pasta sauce, more rally. Repeat twice top with Parmesan bake uncovered 20 to 25 mins. 350 degrees.

      That is my abridged version

      I like the sound of the Italian way.

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      • #4
        I think you can probably bake it but I just put a little oil to cover the bottom of the frying pan and then fry them until they get crispy on the outside. Then I put them in my oven as low as it can go to keep it warm while I cook the rest. My husband doesn't like it so I usually have left-overs and believe it or not they taste good cold too when I take them out of the fridge. But I usually nuke them to warm them up.

        Your first recipe sounds a little like the one I'm looking for. I wouldn't boil it though, I would wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it until it gets soft and then just take out the inside. When I first heard of cooking it this way I thought they were nuts but it keeps it very tasty. I would think it keeps more vitamins cooking it this way than boiling. It is also so soft you would barely need to mash it. Wait, I have to use both recipes to make the one I had. It had the cheese and tomatoes but was mashed. lol

        Mark 9:24 Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

        “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things,
        but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther


        Muretus "Call no man worthless for whom Christ died!"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Thekla View Post
          I think you can probably bake it but I just put a little oil to cover the bottom of the frying pan and then fry them until they get crispy on the outside. Then I put them in my oven as low as it can go to keep it warm while I cook the rest. My husband doesn't like it so I usually have left-overs and believe it or not they taste good cold too when I take them out of the fridge. But I usually nuke them to warm them up.

          Your first recipe sounds a little like the one I'm looking for. I wouldn't boil it though, I would wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it until it gets soft and then just take out the inside. When I first heard of cooking it this way I thought they were nuts but it keeps it very tasty. I would think it keeps more vitamins cooking it this way than boiling. It is also so soft you would barely need to mash it. Wait, I have to use both recipes to make the one I had. It had the cheese and tomatoes but was mashed. lol

          I hadnt thought of frying it that way. It is great the way recipes can be adapted and varied.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by balshan View Post

            thanks for the ideas. I wonder if the first one would work if I baked the slices instead of frying. I am trying to lose weight.
            I saw two recipes on net:

            eggplant tomatoe pie. The eggplant is boiled and mashed with breadcrumbs, onions, garlic melted butter pesto be. You layer with sliced tomatoes in pie dis topped cheese and parsle. Then baked 30 mins.

            Another
            eggplant au gratin


            bake eggplant slices after brushing slices with oil. For 16 mins turning halfway. Cool. Layer eggplant, pasta sauce, more rally. Repeat twice top with Parmesan bake uncovered 20 to 25 mins. 350 degrees.

            That is my abridged version

            I like the sound of the Italian way.
            My husband doesn't like eggplant anymore, so I haven't cooked it in years. i think it can be baked, if it has a little oil layer on it before baking. I seem to remember dipping slices in light mayonnaise, then bread crumbs, then cooking in the oven, then sprinkling cheese on top near the end until it melts. I will see if I can find the recipe.

            You can also cut it into thick "sticks' and do the same thing. Just don't cook it as long.

            I think this was the recipe:

            ITALIAN EGGPLANT CAESAR

            1 pound raw eggplant, in thick slices
            6 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise, or a mixture of low fat and fat free
            6 tablespoons grated Romano cheese--get low fat if you an find it
            1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

            Soak eggplant slices in cold water 15 or 20 minute. Drain and blot dry. Spread lightly on both sides with mayo then press lightly into the grated cheese, then into the seasoned crumbs, lightly coating both sides. Spray a shallow non-stick baking pan (or use non-stick aluminum foil) with cooking spray for no-fat frying. Arrange eggplant in a single layer. Spray slices with more cooking spray. Bake in preheated hot (475 degree) oven 5 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 3 or 4 minutes, until eggplant is golden and crisp on the outside, tender inside.

            6 servings, 110 calories each serving.
            Last edited by Bonnie; 08-29-18, 04:16 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bonnie View Post

              My husband doesn't like eggplant anymore, so I haven't cooked it in years. i think it can be baked, if it has a little oil layer before baking. I seem to remember dipping slices in light mayonnaise, then bread crumbs, then cooking in the oven, then sprinkling cheese on top near the end until it melts. I will see if I can find the recipe.

              You can also cut it into thick "sticks' and do the same thing. Just don't cook it as long.

              I think this was the recipe:

              ITALIAN EGGPLANT CAESAR

              1 pound raw eggplant, in thick slices
              6 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise, or a mixture of low fat and fat free
              6 tablespoons grated Romano cheese--get low fat if you an find it
              1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

              Soak eggplant slices in cold water 15 or 20 minute. Drain and blot dry. Spread lightly on both sides with mayo then press lightly into the grated cheese, then into the seasoned crumbs, lightly coating both sides. Spray a shallow non-stick baking pan (or use non-stick aluminum foil) with cooking spray for no-fat frying. Arrange eggplant in a single layer. Spray slices with more cooking spray. Bake in preheated hot (475 degree) oven 5 minutes. Turn and bake an additional 3 or 4 minutes, until eggplant is golden and crisp on the outside, tender inside.

              6 servings, 110 calories each serving.

              Sounds tasty

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              • #8
                I made it for my mother in law a couple of times--she loves eggplant--and she liked it. And there are no onions or garlic in the dish, so you should be able to have it.
                "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                "The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever."--anonymous
                "If Jesus isn't THE WAY, then there is nothing else."--Bob

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bonnie View Post
                  I made it for my mother in law a couple of times--she loves eggplant--and she liked it. And there are no onions or garlic in the dish, so you should be able to have it.
                  I thought I would start with the gratin style recipe as my husband is fussy but likes gratins. He said let us not have eggplant again. I enjoyed it. So sad.

                  Thanks for for remembering my intolerances you are very thoughtful.

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                  • #10
                    You are welcome. Au gratin is the way to go, but you will have to leave out garlic and onions for yourself--correct?

                    My husband isn't fussy, but there are a few things he won't eat--liver, lima beans, beets, eggplant, and cilantro. I agree with him about the liver, beets, and cilantro!
                    "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                    "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                    "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                    "The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever."--anonymous
                    "If Jesus isn't THE WAY, then there is nothing else."--Bob

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bonnie View Post
                      You are welcome. Au gratin is the way to go, but you will have to leave out garlic and onions for yourself--correct?

                      My husband isn't fussy, but there are a few things he won't eat--liver, lima beans, beets, eggplant, and cilantro. I agree with him about the liver, beets, and cilantro!
                      you are right I substitute garlic infused oil, chives and spring onions the green parts. I love beets and Coriander, hate liver, kidneys, brains, tripe. Kim hates dried fruits which I love but cannot eat.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by balshan View Post

                        you are right I substitute garlic infused oil, chives and spring onions the green parts. I love beets and Coriander, hate liver, kidneys, brains, tripe. Kim hates dried fruits which I love but cannot eat.
                        Now, that is good--garlic infused oil, and chives. I think you wrote once you canNOT use garlic powder or garlic salt, correct?
                        "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                        "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                        "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                        "The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever."--anonymous
                        "If Jesus isn't THE WAY, then there is nothing else."--Bob

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bonnie View Post

                          Now, that is good--garlic infused oil, and chives. I think you wrote once you canNOT use garlic powder or garlic salt, correct?

                          That is true and one bite I know if it is used.

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                          • #14
                            Oh, wow...but garlic infused oil doesn't bother you? Odd...
                            "I am tired of being treated like a mushroom--they keep me in the dark and feed me manure!" (reasons why a Mormon was leaving the LDS church)
                            "What people don't realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course, it is the cross."--Flannery O'Connor
                            "I am a Missouri Synod Lutheran--NOT REFORMED/CALVINIST. PLEASE learn the difference."
                            "The truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever."--anonymous
                            "If Jesus isn't THE WAY, then there is nothing else."--Bob

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bonnie View Post
                              Oh, wow...but garlic infused oil doesn't bother you? Odd...
                              I think it is the fact it is infused flavour and no garlic bits. You only use a little. But I find the fact that one's body reacts to foods is odd. When food is necessary for life.

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