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Eggplant information, recipes, and cooking tips




Photo of Eggplant © Diana Rattray
Eggplant is a big favorite in many areas of the South. Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with the introduction of eggplant to North America. Of Asian origin, the early varieties were very bitter to the taste, but cultivation and crossbreeding have greatly improved the flavor.

Eggplant is delicious hot or cold and can be enjoyed marinated, stuffed, roasted, grilled, fried, in a casserole, in stews, or on brochettes. Sliced eggplant absorbs oil like a sponge, but a good bread crumb or batter coating will help, and make sure the oil is preheated. Complementary spices include allspice, basil, bay leaves, garlic, chile powder, oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram, and parsley. It's a natural combined with tomatoes and onions, as in the popular dish Ratatouille.

When choosing eggplant, look for heavy, firm fruit with unblemished skin. Male eggplants have fewer seeds (which are often bitter) than the female; they have a rounder, smoother blossom end or base. The blossom end of a female eggplant is generally indented. Store an eggplant in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator where it should keep for several days. It may be blanched or steamed then frozen for up to six months.
Eggplant Yield: 1 pound = 3 to 4 cups chopped.

Featured Eggplant Recipes
Baked Eggplant and Tomatoes
Bow Tie Pasta With and Eggplant
Cheese Filled Eggplant With Tomato Pepper Sauce
Cheesy Eggplant Casserole
Deep Fried Eggplant Recipe
Eggplant Bake
Eggplant Casserole
Eggplant Casserole II
Eggplant Casserole With Cheddar Cheese
Eggplant Casserole With Cheddar Topping
Eggplant With Cheese and Bread Crumb Topping
Eggplant Creole Appetizer With Crab Sauce
Eggplant Delight
Eggplant Fritters
Eggplant and Garlic With Pasta
Eggplant Lasagna
Eggplant Lasagna II
Eggplant and Mozzarella Cheese Sandwiches
Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan II
Eggplant Parmesan III
Eggplant Parmesan IV
Eggplant Parmesan V
Eggplant Patties With Cheddar Cheese
Eggplant Roll Ups
Eggplant Scallop
Eggplant Souffle
Eggplant and Spicy Sausage Stew
Eggplant With Sweet Onions and Tomatoes
Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole
Fried Eggplant
Fried Eggplant Strips
Fried Parmesan Eggplant
Grilled Eggplant Recipe
Grilled Japanese Eggplant
Lamb and Eggplant Bake
Lentil and Roasted Eggplant Soup
Light Eggplant Parmesan
Ratatouille With Eggplant and Zucchini
Roasted Eggplant Soup
Roasted Eggplant and Tomatoes With Parmesan Cheese
Sausage and Eggplant Sauce for Pasta
Scalloped Eggplant
Scalloped Eggplant II
Stuffed Eggplant Creole Style
Zesty Fried Eggplant

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