Taming the Mad Apple: Best Eggplant Recipes

Posted by on Thursday Aug 23rd, 2012 | Print

I find it hilarious that certain eaters of yore feared eggplant, deeming it the “mad apple” and considering it as poisonous as Snow White’s apple. On the other hand, I revere eggplant above the majority of vegetables. This time of year, I pick up any variety I see, from tiny, almost bite-sized eggplants to large ones with white skin instead of dark purple.

I wonder if the fear of eggplant derives from misguided instructions on how to cook it. Though it feels sturdy and strong, eggplant contains tons of water and can often profit from a couple minutes of salting to draw out some of the water. At its best, eggplant is rich and almost meaty, yet melt-in-your mouth delectable. It’s appeared in so many awesome preparations on the site, so I rounded up some of the best to share with you after the jump.

**Best Eggplant Recipes**

1. Eggplant Involtini | 2. Grilled Eggplant Salad | 3. Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan Rigatoni | 4. Roasted Eggplant Spread

 

And even more….

5. Eggplant-Zucchini Lasagna with Fontina | 6. Eggplant-Chard Frittata | 7. Roasted Eggplant and Israeli Cous Cous Salad | 8. Roasted Eggplant Sandwiches with White Bean Spread and Chive Pesto


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  • Gillian

    what is the recipe in the first photo up top? am I missing a link?? these all look awesome!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      It’s pretty much the deconstructed eggplant parmesan recipe, only made with fresh tomatoes! Really good.

      • Gillian

        Oh okay awesome! The photos just look so different, but both look delicious!

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe

    The first picture looks just too good to be true! I love eggplants and lately I’ve been trying to incorporate them into as many recipes as possible, so I’ll be definitely trying out your eggplant-zucchini lasagna with fontina!

  • Abbe @ The Chaotic Cook

    These recipes all look so lovely, you may actually convert me into a *Mad Apple Lover*… though I imagine I’d have to buy an eggplant to eat an eggplant… babysteps ;0)

  • Laura

    I’m dying to know what the larger photo is at the top of this post. It looks like all of the smaller photos have captions to let me know which recipes they are, but that top center photo does not. I’d love to make! Can you share the recipe for that one???? Many, many thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/melissamaquino Melissa Aquino

    I know way too many eggplant haters. What a sad life! I love it.

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      I know! I pity the poor haters.

  • Esther Goh

    I did not discover eggplant until I was a grown adult. Now it’s up there behind the potato as my favourite vegetable. Every single one of these looks amazeballs.