Experimental Cooking: Honey garlic grilled eggplant…

25 May

So I  decided to try and introduce my husband to a food that I love… eggplant!  I don’t eat it too much, but I had been wanting some lately and with the new grill I got him he was willing to try it!

Here is the recipe from sparkpeople.com that caused my husband to love eggplant:

Ingredients!

      1 eggplant (2 if using small Italian eggplants)
      1 Tbsp honey
      2 Tbsp olive oil
      2 mashed garlic cloves
      1 tsp aleppo chili (optional)
      2 tsp balsamic vinegar
          Salt and pepper

     

        Peel stripes of skin off the eggplant to create a zebra like pattern of skin and no-skin. This is not only decorative, but makes the skin easier to bite. Slice eggplant into ½ inch thick circles.
        Lay out a large sheet of paper towels. Sprinkle eggplant generously with salt on both sides and lay out on paper towels. The eggplant will release a lot of liquid. This will help get rid of bitterness (if any) and make the eggplant more succulent and less watery after its cooked. Let sit for 15 minutes, then dry both sides well with paper towels.

In a large bowl, mix honey, olive oil, garlic, chili, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Dunk both sides of each eggplant slice into this marinade.

Preheat the grill to high. Grab a wad of paper towel with tongs, dip it in oil, and brush it on the grill.
Place the eggplant slices on the grill, cover, and turn down the heat to medium. Grill until marked, about 3 minutes. Turn 90 degrees to make cross-hatch grill marks. Grill until marked, about 3 more minutes.
Brush the slices with remaining marinade, flip and repeat the grilling procedure on the other side. Regulate heat so that the eggplant is browning, but not burning. Remove to a plate, and drizzle with olive oil.

                Divide slices into 4 servings.
                Number of Servings: 4
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