View Full Version : What to do with all this eggplant????
08-16-2007, 01:35 PM
I am part of a CSA and now have 4 eggplants at home. I never ate eggplant before, so I don't have any idea how to work with it. I saw the recipe for raw eggplant burgers and will try that, but what else can I do with all this eggplant?
08-16-2007, 01:47 PM
There is the eggplant bacon recipe floating around here, Alissa's book has both an eggplant pizza as well as an eggplant parmesan recipe. You can also slice it (doesn't have to be really thin but not too thick either) and marinate in a mixture of nama shoyu, a little water (to cut down the saltiness of the shoyu), a little olive oil (optional) and any other seasonings you desire. Dehydrate until desired texture for eggplant jerky.
08-16-2007, 02:57 PM
Does anyone juice eggplant or use it in a smoothie???
08-17-2007, 11:40 AM
there was also a nice eggplant burger recipe round here. Maybe you could search using the banana above for eggplant or eggplant burger. Sorry I don't have time to find it for you I've gotta go!
08-17-2007, 11:58 AM
Here it is:
08-17-2007, 12:26 PM
ok, I'm back.
You can also sort of use the slices as wraps, or soft taco shells or whatever. IF they're bitter, you can salt them to take out the bitterness then rinse, or you can wilt them in the dehydrator, or if they're not brittle you can just use the slices as is. I like fresh salsa in an eggplant shell, or I've seen a recipe for eggplant tacos, with the filling being 1 cup soaked walnuts, 1/2 cup celery 1/4 cup white onion, 1/2 cup chopped zucchini, 1/4 cup water 3 T shoyu, 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp fresh oregano in a foodprocessor, then dehydrate after filling and folding for 2-12 hours as desired.
08-17-2007, 12:27 PM
BTW I would also appreciate any other eggplant recipes, as I've got way too many in the garden also!
08-17-2007, 02:11 PM
I've never done it but I hear you can also use a slice of eggplant as a pizza crust.
Does anyone have a recipe?
Can you tell by all my replies that I am also vexed with how to use up all these eggplants!
08-17-2007, 02:15 PM
exurb, Alissa has one in her book and here is one I found here: http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=16893&highlight=eggplant+pizza and BOY does the picture look GOOD!!
In fact, if you do a search for "eggplant" or even what I typed in, "eggplant pizza" there are a lot of other threads where folks were asking about eggplant ideas that I'm sure yall will find other recipes. There was a "Eggplant and Avocado Salad" and some others I saw in my search...so get to lookin' girl! ;)
08-17-2007, 02:52 PM
Thanks Rawkinlocs!! My mom has my book and DVD right now (she's had it for ages:rolleyes: ), I'm sure that's where I saw it. I haven't been uncooking at all lately, so I haven't nagged her to return it.
so get to lookin' girl!
LOL, usually I'm pretty good with the banana, I guess it's those lazy days of summer!
I'm thinking of making raw Eggplant Parmigiana. In Alissa's book too lol!
see Kathy, you thought how am I going to use 4 eggplants, there's tons of possibilities!
08-17-2007, 03:54 PM
eggplant "bacon" is so good. The recipe is on here somewhere.
08-17-2007, 04:53 PM
Here is my version of the eggplant bacon recipe. It is less spicer than the original
08-18-2007, 03:24 PM
glad I found this thread! One of my clients brought me 8 eggplant and several fresh tomatoes from her garden today. I tried the eggplant sliced on my salad but it was BAD, so bitter... I used to love eating it grilled. How do I get rid of the bitterness?:eek:
08-18-2007, 05:13 PM
We LOVE eggplant at our house!! It is only bitter if it isnt ripe. I have found that when it starts to wrinkle a bit, it's good to go. Eggplant "parmesan" and eggplant pizza are two of our favorite dishes!! I use Alissas recipies but we leave off the mac nut cheese (I just don't care much for mac nuts) and any left over pine nut mix we use as butter for our "bread" (especially Alissa's blueberry bread!). If you add raw kalamata olives (which Alissa conveniently sells) to the pizza it tastes like cooked pizza.
I made the parmesan yesterday and I used an eggplant that wasn't ripe and it was almost inedible.... I was shocked because I had never had that happen. I will always wait for ripeness from now on!! Of course, I was hungry so I ate it anyway :rolleyes:
I always peel the eggplant as well, the skin can get rubbery in the dehydrator. Take care!!!
08-18-2007, 07:20 PM
How do I get rid of the bitterness
belle, some eggplants are bitter.
What you do is slice it fairly thinly, say no more than 1/4 ". and salt it with a generous amount of salt. Then let it sit and you will see some brownish water come out of it (and the bitterness is coming out of it with that). Then you can rinse the salt off, you can squeeze it if you want. It will taste much better.
Some other eggplants are not bitter, so this is only necessary if you have a bitter variety or one whose state of maturity has made it bitter.
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