An eggplant lover’s delight, Baba Ghanouj is, like hummus, a classic Middle Eastern spread meant to be scooped up on wedges of pita bread. It’s also good as a dip for raw veggies.
As part of my agenda to convert everyone into Eggplant Lovers (aka Aubergine Admirers and Brinjal Buddies), I’ve transformed the traditional Hungarian chicken paprikash into a vegan dish worthy of an eggplant. Mild Hungarian paprika gives the sauce its vibrant color and rich, distinctive flavor, while tofu “sour cream” adds creaminess and zing. Recipe and photo contributed by Susan Voisin, Fatfree Vegan Kitchen.
From an old Creole recipe, this offbeat eggplant soup was a favorite discovery on a trip to New Orleans many years ago. It makes a wonderfully warming soup for winter or early spring. It’s believed that the soup originated locally due to the abundance of the eggplant crop in the region. more→
Here’s a simple, delicious roasted eggplant stew shared with me by a Turkish friend. Eggplant is always abundant in the Mediterranean, so it’s not unusual to find it used widely in many cuisines in the region. more→
A trio of delectable toppings—tomatoes, eggplant, and olives—make a simple vegan pizza special. It’s a perfect pizza to make on cool summer evenings, though you can enjoy it year round as long as you can find decent tomatoes. Use tomatoes that are ripe yet firm, and that are dense and fleshy rather than seedy. Roma (plum) tomatoes are ideal for this. This pizza goes down easy, so double the recipe to serve a hungry crowd, as this makes 6 slices, serving 2 to 3. Serve with a big colorful salad containing chickpeas for a simple and tasty meal. more→
Eggplant was just made to be grilled, and grilling it with an Asian-flavored marinade brings out the best of its subtle flavor. This is a nice accompaniment to grilled plant proteins — tofu, tempeh, and/or seitan. more→
Caponata is a relish-like eggplant salad that’s a classic Italian appetizer. Its other characteristic ingredients include fresh tomatoes, celery, and olives. Serve on fresh bread or slices of Italian bread that have been baked until crisp (bruschetta) for a first course before serving a pasta dinner. more→
Serve this tasty pasta salad all year round. It’s flavored with traditional eggplant caponata ingredients (including olives, ripe tomatoes, and fresh herbs), and it’s great for an everyday dinner, potluck, or buffet. It’s best served at room temperature. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→