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Grilled Eggplant with a Tomato Caprese

Grilled Eggplant with a Tomato Caprese

Nothing spell summer more so than grilled eggplant topped with ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

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[Updated May 2018] Tomatoes Caprese is a summer favorite and an easy recipe for the grill. It is essential to choose the most delicious tomatoes, the freshest mozzarella cheese and homegrown basil.

If you can grow your own, the flavors are much fresher and pronounced.

I have always been a fan of growing my own eggplant during the warm summer months. Nothing tastes better than homegrown eggplant. But it’s easily available at your local farm market or grocer.

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Eggplant is quite a delicacy. In years past it was only available in the summer and only for a short period of time. Luckily now it's available all year round.

Grilled eggplant is meaty and delicious and can be served as a main meal or as a side. My Eggplant Parmesan is a dinner in itself. But we eat this dish as a side dish or even an appetizer all summer long.

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It's healthy, lo-cal and low-fat if you're trying to eat light over the summer. And this is a favorite recipe of mine for the grill.

I discovered this recipe in Steve Raichlen's Barbecue Bible. We've been eating eggplant this way for years. We love it.

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Adding the right blend of spices to the eggplant before grilling results in in meaty texture with a little heat. A spoonful of fresh tomato Caprese salsa and this recipe can be on your table under 30 minutes.

Homegrown tomatoes are best in this recipe, but if you don't have access to local or homegrown, look for Campari tomatoes. These little beauties are a  smaller on-the-vine variety.

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They are sweet and literally burst in your mouth.

Delicious!

And delicious on grilled eggplant with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

One of my faves for summer...and for a little added knowledge...did you know that like the tomato, eggplant is considered a fruit?

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Grilled Eggplant with a Tomato Caprese

Nothing spell summer more so than grilled eggplant topped with ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

Prep time: 45 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 1 hour

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 eggplant, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese, (about 5 ounces ) chopped into 1/4- inch pieces
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 
  • 1/4 cup loose fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 

Instructions:

Sprinkle both sides of the eggplant slices with kosher salt and set aside for half an hour. The salt draws out the water in the eggplant.

Meanwhile, chop the tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil. Add to a serving bowl and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper. 

Rinse the eggplant slices and pat dry with a paper towel. Arrange the slices on a plate and drizzle each side with olive oil and season with red pepper flakes, garlic, oregano and parsley. 

Heat the grill to medium heat and cook the eggplant slices for 4-5 minutes, creating a crosshatch of grill marks on each a side. Remove to a platter and spoon the tomato caprese over the eggplant.


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