The Best And Easiest Grilled Eggplant, a fast and easy any season appetizer, made on an outdoor BBQ or indoor pan grill, tossed with olive oil, garlic, fresh parsley and salt. This simple Italian dish will become one of your favourites.
My husband and I have decided that this year we will be planting our own vegetable garden. I usually give a hand to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, so I think I have learned a lot about planting over the years or at least I hope I have.
And of course my husband likes to think of himself as an expert! For the past few days we have been busy planting our winter vegetables, lettuce (thank goodness it is warm enough here to have fresh lettuce all year) broccoli, chicory , cabbage and broccoletti (another one of my favourites).
So time will tell on how well our garden grows. But thank goodness for my mother-in-law and the warm weather we are still having.
I received my last bag of eggplants from her amazing vegetable garden. Although if this heat continues I might just get another bag out of her garden.
When I first arrived in Italy and my mother-in-law made pasta and eggplant, for the longest time this was my favourite eggplant recipe, but then I tried grilled eggplant and I was hooked.
Simple, fast, easy and so tasty. For me the best way to grill eggplant is not to add or brush with any oil before, you don’t want to burn them, you will add the additions after, we want the flavours to mingle. Once you are finished making them place them in a bowl.
You are then ready to toss these amazing grilled eggplant slices with fresh Italian parsley, garlic, salt and olive oil. Italians sure know what they are doing when they cook with this summer vegetable.
Stuffed, sautéed, baked or even topped on a pizza what more could you ask for from a veggie?
The Best And Easiest Grilled Eggplant
This Italian Eggplant Dish makes a perfect appetizer, served with some fresh Italian crust bread or bruschetta, or even as I prefer it, as a main dish.
Make it an all veggie meal, and serve it with some delicious cheese. My favourite is serving grilled eggplant with a big chunk of Parmesan cheese. This has to be one of my favourite combinations. A must try!
Imagine a slice of crusty bread, topped with a slice or two and a nice slice of parmesan cheese.
Believe me nothing better, oh yeah, don’t forget a nice glass of wine. Buon Appetito!
The Best and Easiest Grilled Eggplant
- 4-5 small round eggplant
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley 7 1/2 grams
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- salt to taste
- 1/4 cup olive oil 30 grams
Rinse and trim the ends of the eggplant. You don't have to peel the eggplant but discard the first and last slices (they will be the heels) Slice eggplant lengthwise (thin but not too thin), grill until tender (careful not to burn) for approximately 1-2 minutes on either side (can be grilled on a barbecue or a pan grill), remove grilled eggplant to a clean plate and continue until all the eggplants are grilled.
In a medium bowl layer eggplant, sprinkle with a pinch of salt ,some chopped garlic , some chopped Italian parsley and drizzle with olive oil (from the 1/4 cup), continue with layers until all the eggplant is finished (I usually do 3 layers). Toss gently together, serve with a simple bruschetta or Italian crusty bread. Enjoy!