By Vicky McDonald

Eggplant isn't a vegetable you automatically think of when you're making dinner. It can be hard to cook, and some people find it just plain mushy! I'm here to change that perception of this underrated vegetable. Eggplant is wonderfully versatile, and works in so many different dishes. When cooked the right way, eggplant can be sweet, sumptuous, and even smoky. Here are 11 delicious eggplant recipes, to make you reconsider eggplant for dinner.

1. Eggplant Parmesan

This noodle-free Italian classic is gloriously cheesy, and shows eggplant off at its best.

Photo by Rachelle Shockey

2. Eggplant Tomato Bake

This 3-ingredient recipes is sweet and easy for the summer. Serve with a salad to make it a meal.

Photo by Piglet1983

3. Eggplant and Ground Beef Lasagna

A lasagna and moussaka mash-up is a real crowd-pleaser for dinner.

Photo Angela Sackett | Superhotmama

4. Grilled Eggplant Rollups

Who knew the humble eggplant could be this fancy? These tasty morsels will make your dinner party special.

Photo by by LilSnoo

5. Moussaka

When you're in need of some creamy comfort food, this traditional moussaka is just the recipe.

Photo by Draustinis

6. Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

A little bit of soy and oyster sauce add a subtle Asian flavor to this simple recipe. Serve with some noodles for a deliciously different vegetarian supper.

Photo by sopenia

7. Awesome Eggplant Rollatine

This restaurant-quality dish is easier than you think, and uses a jar of marinara sauce to cut the cooking time.

8. Eggplant -- Easy, Good and Tasty

These crispy eggplant bites are insanely addictive as an appetizer or as a main with a salad.

Photo by CookinBug

9. Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry)

This authentic Indian curry is a refreshingly different way to enjoy eggplant.

Photo by drzhivago73

10. Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan

This twist on a classic is really delicious. Use a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the flesh of the eggplant.

11. Baba Ghanoush

One of the simplest and greatest ways to eat eggplant. Serve with lots of crunchy vegetables and pitta bread, to dip.

Baba Ghanoush | Photo by LYNNINMA