Wednesday, August 12, 2009

csa - and easy eggplant spread

This week's CSA share has kale, lettuce, summer squash and zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, heirloom tomatoes, green peppers, and a nice big bag of green beans! Should make for a fun week of cooking - and eating!

We're going to use the eggplant to make "Easy Eggplant Spread" - the recipe (from Green Earth Institute) is below. We tried it last year when eggplant was in season, and it's definitely yummy!

Easy Eggplant Spread

1 medium, firm eggplant
1 clove garlic, cracked away from skin
2 pinches ground allspice
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 handful flat-leaf parsley leaves
A drizzle extra-virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to highest setting, at least 500 degrees F.
2. Cut 2 or 3 slits into whole eggplant and place directly on rack in the middle of the oven.
3. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes. Keep the slits facing up so that the eggplant does not loose liquids as it roasts.
4. Remove eggplant from the oven.
5. Using a sharp utility knife, carefully peel skin away from eggplant flesh.
6. Add cooked eggplant flesh and juice to food processor and combine with garlic, allspice, salt, and pepper and parsley.
7. Pulse grind into a paste, add a drizzle of olive oil.
8. Serve with slices of crusty bread. Makes 10 servings.


Life Looms Large said...

Those veggies look great!! (Still veggie deprived here!!)

I have had so many eggplant cooking FAILs....Don't know if I dare attempt it again. This recipe does sound yummy though!

I guess summer has really arrived. Hot weather. Sun. Fresh veggies!



Colleen said...

We've definitely had our share of interesting eggplant adventures too - my son's favorite eggplant story to tell is about when we tried cooking it for the first time. We grilled it. I don't know what we did wrong - but it came out QUITE inedible. He tells everyone our first eggplant "tasted like an old tire." We haven't tried it on the grill again since then!! LOL

Sophie said...

ooo... i am an eggplant super fan! sigh. i want the spicy eggplant sooooo badly right now. with rice.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.