This shiny, purple veggie is the perfect base for meatless dishes or a welcomed addition to burgers, seafood dishes, and pastas. Pick one up at the farmers' market or grocery store and see how it shines in these recipes.
A cousin to tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes, the eggplant gets its name from the first varieties of its kind, which were white, round, and egg-size. Now they also come in green and
deep purple and are typically much larger. Although available year-round, they are most abundant from July to October. Look
for firm eggplants that feel heavy for their size and have smooth, shiny skins and bright green stems. Try some of the recipes
in this gallery for maximizing tastiness while cooking with eggplant.
Our Roasted Eggplants with Herbs recipe is a classic example of the delectable qualities of this veggie. This simple preparation yields irresistible results. Use very firm, small eggplants; if young and fresh enough, they won't be bitter.
View Recipe: Roasted Eggplants with Herbs
Watch: How to Cook Eggplant
Transform sandwich night with this hearty veggie-laden stacker. You can peel the eggplant, but the sandwiches are prettier
with the deep purple skin intact.
View Recipe: Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches
This perfect version of a classic Italian meatless dinner, Parmigiana, will quickly become a family favorite. Add a glass
of vino for a Sicilian-style date night or a scoop of gelato for a kid-friendly Italian night.
View Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan
Leftover eggplant puree from this recipe is perfect as a dip for toasted pita wedges. Marmite is a concentrated yeast paste
that helps give this burger meaty flavor—find it in supermarket baking aisles and health food stores. Use sesame-poppy seed
View Recipe: Turkey Burgers with Roasted Eggplant
This open-face veggie sandwich is hearty on crusty bread and cool from the Greek yogurt. Experiment with your own mix of in-season
View Recipe: Eggplant Crostini
Traditional falafel is made from seasoned, mashed chickpeas that are shaped into patties and deep-fried. Here we use the same
components to make a tasty filling for eggplants, baked and topped with a deliciously nutty sauce.
View Recipe: Falafel-Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce and Tomato Relish
Tian, a French word used throughout Provence, refers to both a shallow cooking vessel and the food cooked in it. This veggie
and breadcrumb casserole is perfect for a weeknight dinner and great reheated the next day too!
View Recipe: Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian
Our favorite purple vegetable shines in this hearty barley dish. Pine nuts, fresh basil, and goat cheese add a unique, fresh
View Recipe: Barley Risotto with Eggplant and Tomatoes
Meaty breakfast sausage, earthy eggplant, and zesty feta complement each other in this hearty pasta.
View Recipe: Penne with Sausage, Eggplant, and Feta
Fire up the grill – this salad is a perfect side for grilled steak, chicken, or shrimp. Although you can successfully prepare
this colorful end-of-summer salad on a gas grill, charcoal will imbue the vegetables with extra flavor.
View Recipe: Charred Vegetable Salad
Salting the eggplant draws out some of the bitter flavor and moisture. Less moisture in turn minimizes the amount of oil the
eggplant will absorb. This dish has a crispy crackerlike crust, a nice contrast to the tender eggplant.
View Recipe: Eggplant, Tomato, and Smoked Mozzarella Tart
Summer means a bounty of zucchini from farmers’ markets. This lasagna makes use of fresh summer produce in a filling meatless
View Recipe: Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna
The perfect pairing to a bowl of sticky rice, this savory, garlicky paste gets toasty flavor from roasted eggplant and blackened
garlic and peppers. In more traditional versions, you grill ingredients over charcoal for deeper flavor.
View Recipe: Roasted Eggplant Salsa
In this meatless version of the classic Greek dish, bulgur wheat stands in for ground meat in a spiced tomato filling surrounded
by eggplant layers and topped with a béchamel sauce. The eggplant and bulgur pack this dish with fiber. Garnish with chopped
View Recipe: Vegetarian Moussaka
Hearty sirloin, pasta, and eggplant blend together for perfection in this filling, 6-serving dish.
View Recipe: Eggplant Bolognese
Chow down on the flavors of Italy with this vegetarian entrée of Eggplant Involtini.
View Recipe: Eggplant Involtini
Herby, creamy, and zesty, this classic dip is perfect for potlucks, parties, or just to snack on at the house.
View Recipe: Baba Ghanoush
Try this savory veggie mixture over rice, mixed in with quinoa, or as a topping over grilled salmon or chicken.
View Recipe: Eggplantwith Capers and Red Peppers
The addition of chicken to a quick ratatouille makes a great-tasting and satisfying pizza when put on a crust. Serve with
a green salad for a light weekday meal.
View Recipe: Ratatouille Pizza with Chicken
You can assemble and refrigerate the eggplant halves up to a day in advance, then bake just before serving. If the stuffed
eggplants are cold, you may need to cook them an extra five minutes.
View Recipe: Seafood Stuffed Eggplant
Sandwich night doesn't have to be boring anymore. Mix things up with this veggie-filled, Vietnamese-inspired creation.
View Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Banh Mi Sandwich
If you're working on a charcoal grill set up for indirect heat, mound the coals to one side of the grill.
View Recipe: Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce