OT - Eggplant

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OT - Eggplant

Miles and I went to the farm stand yesterday and he asked to try and eggplant. I'm not going to say no to getting my kid to try a veggie so I bought one.

Now what do I do with it?

I, personally, don't like eggplant though I suppose I could probably stomach some in eggplant parm or something. I know people toss it with salt and pepper and oil and grill it (this is how I REALLY dislike it).

So I want to give him a chance to actually taste the eggplant, but I also want to make it most likely that he'll like it. And if it's easy enough I'll actually have him make the whole thing (or at least help).

Any suggestions? He's super excited about this darn eggplant, lol!!

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My mom was a southern bell. My favorite way to have eggplant is not healthy, but it is delish.

slice it about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Soak it in salt water for a couple hours.
coat it in a flour, parm cheese, salt and pepper mixture and then fry in butter until brown and crispy.

For a healthier way, you can slice it thin and use it in replace of the noodles in lasagna

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I just made eggplant parm....i cut in slices, dunk in egg, then in breadcrumb mixture with spices...i fry with some olive oil until browned on both side...then place on baking sheet and put a slab of mozzarella on top some of them..cook for 15 minutes on 425....some of the kids like them when they come out super crispy' so i oly add cheese to some....and we sauce them up after, too...

I also will just slice and salt and pepper and put on the george forman, spray with butter spray,

Or just cube up and add to stir fries..lol.

We like eggplant

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I do the same as Colleen and Mel, but instead of soaking the sliced eggplant in salt water, I heavily sprinkle the slices with salt and let them sit...it draws out a lot of the water. Flip it over after wiping the one side and do it again. I usually fry it up coated with breadcrumbs, top with only a little marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese and broil it to brown the cheese.

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You know, it's possible my mom did what Julie does. I remember sliced eggplant sitting in between sheets of paper towel. hmmmmm. All I know, is that the salt draws out the bitterness that eggplant can have

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Now I want eggplant lol!

Mel I know my gma soaks it, then does the paper towels, putting something like a book on top to try and squeeze out extra water!

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I do the salt then sop it up with a paper towel....not salt water...just salt.....I love it thinkinly sliced and grilled.....but you can put some olive oil on it and just roast it in the over too....sometimes i do like colleen and sautee it for a stir fry

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Talking about frying eggplant, makes me want fried green tomatoes

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Thanks for the info. I wonder if I've always just made it wrong and that's why I don't like it. Usually the consistency grosses me out.

I'm going to try to make Miles do ALL of it so I'm excited. And breading it will get nice and messy, lol.