12 Top-Rated Eggplant Recipes to Make You Rethink Eggplant
Maybe eggplant isn't the vegetable you automatically think of when you're making dinner. It can be a bit 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 delicious eggplant recipes, to make you reconsider eggplant for dinner.
A simple, saucy, no-fry eggplant Parmesan, this noodle-free Italian classic is gloriously cheesy, and shows eggplant off at its best. Slices of eggplant are baked and layered with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Baking the eggplant gives you a healthier, less greasy eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Tomato Bake
This 3-ingredient recipes is sweet and easy for the summer. Serve with a salad to make it a meal. "Awesome," raves Jennifer Chomicki. "My first time doing any recipe with eggplant. I did the same with a light basting of olive oil and topping it all off with basil...yummy! What an incredibly quick and easy dish to do for yourself or a dinner party."
Eggplant and Ground Beef Lasagna
A lasagna and moussaka mash-up is a real crowd-pleaser for dinner. "I couldn't decide if I wanted lasagna or moussaka the other night; this came out as a yummy combo of the two!" says Bethany T. "Spinach lasagna noodles work well in this if you can get them. Also, try ground lamb in place of the beef for another variation."
Grilled Eggplant Rollups
Who knew the humble eggplant could be this fancy? These tasty morsels will make your dinner party special. "Tasty grilled eggplant complements the flavors of goat cheese and roasted red pepper in this 'couldn't be easier' recipe that is good served hot, cold, or as leftovers," says BUSYBEE25. "To re-warm, place on low-heat grill for 2 minutes."
When you're in need of some creamy comfort food, this traditional moussaka is just the recipe. Slices of fried eggplant are layered with ground beef and Bechamel sauce with grated Parmesan cheese, and seasoned with cinnamon, ground nutmeg, herbs, and parsley. "I grew up with Greek grandparents and I admit that I liked this moussaka even better than the ones my grandma made," says alexia.
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. "This was really, really good," says Alana. "I used minced garlic and brown sugar like others suggested and doubled the sauce since we were eating it with rice."
Awesome Eggplant Rollatine
This restaurant-quality dish is easier than you think, and uses a jar of marinara sauce to cut the cooking time. "Thin sliced eggplant is stuffed with cheese and spinach and topped with marinara sauce," says DEBNJAMES. "This is one of my favorite recipes."
Eggplant -- Easy, Good and Tasty
These crispy eggplant bites are insanely addictive as an appetizer or as a main with a salad. "This easy-to-prepare eggplant appetizer tastes great and can be made a little bit ahead of time," says LOTTING123. "It goes especially well with roasted pork tenderloin and pasta. My girlfriend loved it--what more can I ask for?!"
Baingan Bharta (Eggplant Curry)
This authentic Indian curry is a refreshingly different way to enjoy eggplant. Yakuta Rasheed says, "This is a really easy and tasty Indian dish that is sure to stir up your taste buds. Delicious baingan bharta is ready to eat with pita bread, Indian naan, or rice."
Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan
This twist on a classic is really delicious. Use a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the flesh of the eggplant. "I like to use my homemade tomato sauce for this recipe, as well as using crushed croutons as the bread crumbs," says MARGARITADEE. "A hint for shelling the eggplants--use a grapefruit spoon to start!"
One of the simplest and greatest ways to eat eggplant, this classic Middle Eastern dip is smoky and garlicky. Delicious served with pita bread, crackers, or crunchy vegetables. "EASY AND FABULOUS!" says Anne Marie. "First time I ever made Baba Ghanoush and it was soooooo easy - the whole family loved it!"
"With pre-made pizza dough, some mozzarella, and basil, you've got the recipe for a fantastic vegetarian flatbread showcasing our favorite shortcut ratatouille," says Juliana Hale. "This recipe uses a portion of this Sheet Pan Ratatouille recipe. I spiralized the zucchini and cut the eggplant into strips before baking.