Aubergine (eggplant) recipes
September 23, 2008 8:05 PM   Subscribe

Michael Franks - Eggplant (live)
posted by furtive at 8:14 PM on September 23, 2008

The comments on the recipes are amazing. Lots of bad tempered arguments. (Maybe they should lay off the eggplant!)
posted by CCBC at 8:31 PM on September 23, 2008

Ooo, love eggplants, thanks!
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 8:33 PM on September 23, 2008

These would be so much better if they were recipes for something other than eggplant.
posted by Balisong at 8:51 PM on September 23, 2008

Like recipes for corporate success!
posted by turgid dahlia at 8:52 PM on September 23, 2008 [3 favorites]

posted by turgid dahlia at 8:53 PM on September 23, 2008

I would make every one of these horribly bitter.
posted by Kickstart70 at 8:59 PM on September 23, 2008 [1 favorite]

Your favorite nightshade sucks.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:34 PM on September 23, 2008

Oh Yum! Great site and find. Thank you Upton O'Good.
posted by nickyskye at 9:44 PM on September 23, 2008

Baklazhannaya Ikra, Russian Black Bread & a bottle of Stoli.

If heaven doesn't have "Eggplant Caviar", I ain't goin'.
posted by RavinDave at 10:54 PM on September 23, 2008

I'm gonna eat it all before I gotta go there, RavinDave, so you're outta luck.
posted by cookie-k at 11:02 PM on September 23, 2008


[Upton O'Good, score FPP!]
posted by humannaire at 11:07 PM on September 23, 2008

Certainly one of the best source on the web for comics and puzzles related to eggplant.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:27 PM on September 23, 2008

This is like discovering a horrible secret about people you otherwise are fond of. I'm going to close the door now and pretend I didn't see y'all doing what you're doing.

Mrs. Maxwelton's problem with eggplant (other than not liking it) is that if you ask a fancy restaurant over the phone if they have anything vegetarian, what you'll discover nine out of ten is that the only thing on the menu is some 'orrible eggplant-as-substitute-steak concoction.
posted by maxwelton at 11:32 PM on September 23, 2008

over 3000 eggplant recipes

2999 of those better involve the words "battered, deep fried, wrapped in bacon and/or cheese" or I have surely found my hell.

Wait. That sounds wrong, like I never eat any vegetables and live entirely on Sonic or Whataburger.

I love vegetables. Raw, steamed, grilled, roasted, whatever.

Eggplant just isn't a vegetable. Eggplant is some kind of alien egg-pod thing that somehow manages to span a range of textures from vulcanized rubber hockey pucks to unappealing mucilaginous goo that invariably tastes like wet cardboard or curry-flavored wet cardboard.

What, you like eggplant? Love it? Hrm. *pulls out a small notebook, turns to a page labelled "SUSPECTED POD PEOPLE" and makes a checkmark next to your name*
posted by loquacious at 11:42 PM on September 23, 2008 [5 favorites]

Strangely enough, I just bought some aubergines and was trying to figure out what I was going to make for dinner with them.

Thanks, MetaFilter! Dinner is saved!
posted by Katemonkey at 1:21 AM on September 24, 2008


Hm... Just the other day I held an eggplant in my hand and marveled - as I usually do - at how beautiful it was. Maybe I was really cradling it, whispering "Mom"?
posted by soundofsuburbia at 1:50 AM on September 24, 2008

Fun fact about eggplant: The name eggplant developed in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada because the fruits of some 18th century European cultivars were yellow or white and resembled goose or hen's eggs.

This is all the more interesting because today the eggplant is appreciated for its greyish-purple color.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:16 AM on September 24, 2008

I'm sorry, but if you don't like baba ghanoush, you might as well stick to Big Macs. Besides, the eggplant is a member of the illustrious Solanacea family, which gives us everything from belladonna and tobacco to tomatoes and potatoes (for fries to go with the aforementioned Big Mac).
posted by TedW at 5:16 AM on September 24, 2008

Aubergines are certainly one of my favourite vegetables, I eat them once or twice a week. As with most things, I find that minimal preparation and messing about yields best results. The best aubergine I have eaten was simply sliced and deep fried in olive oil to perfection (actually quite difficult as they continue to cook after being removed from the oil), crispy on the outside and soft and smooth in the middle with some green colour still left near the skin. Served with dried oregano.

Babaganoush is excellent, but yields are small given the amount of aubergine used. Fine if you have a surfeit of aubergines, unfortunately not something that happens to me very often in the UK!

horribly bitter - Kickstart70

Not to worry Kickstart70, the aubergines that are on sale in most of the world now are not bitter, do not need purging * and can be cooked immediately. I stopped purging aubergines about 8 years ago and have not had a bitter one since.

In the UK most of the aubergines on sale are grown in Holland indoors. Along with the sweet peppers (Dutch or Israeli) on sale everywhere they are not very tasty but they look good. I don't eat them.

I buy aubergines grown in Spain (also indoors, but with sunlight rather than artificial light) which have some flavour, or any organic ones during the summer if I can find them.

Thanks Upton O'Good, I may find a new way to enjoy one of my favourite vegetables!

*Link to The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces by Diane Seed, Robert Budwig, which is a fantastic Italian pasta sauce recipe book available on google books, fyi.
posted by asok at 5:44 AM on September 24, 2008

Yummy yummy yummy yum! More eggplant recipes to torture those around me with!
posted by fiercecupcake at 6:03 AM on September 24, 2008

Thx just in time too I got 4 big egg plants growing right now!
posted by Mastercheddaar at 6:59 AM on September 24, 2008

When I go to my garden and pull out my knife to tenderly slice the eggplant from the stem, I feel as though I am performing midwifery.

Sometimes as I cradle the eggplant in my arms, I feel tears forming.

Perhaps I am reading too much into my dinner preparations.
posted by leftcoastbob at 7:46 AM on September 24, 2008

On more than one occasion I've gone to a restaurant and ordered three different eggplant dishes. They must think I'm obsessed with fried aubergines. I probably am. Fried eggplant is nature's donut.
posted by BinaryApe at 3:25 PM on September 24, 2008

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