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WAY BACK IN 2007 Some cooks, you just admire, they just make it all look so effortless - post after post, that's my reaction to the food cooked by Ilva of Lucullian Delights, who seems to pull ingredient combinations from the air, often making me wonder, Now why didn't I think of that?
Her Very Herby Eggplants sent me scurrying to the grocery for baby eggplant. (You see, I want to encourage the aim-to-please produce manager at my local supermarket, even if I suggested Japanese eggplant and she ordered baby eggplant and then put them at $3 a pound beside globe eggplant for $1 a pound. But hey! It seems eggplant sells at that price, for the store was plumb out.) Luckily, a few days later there were baby eggplant at the farmers market.
And OH MY: I love these little guys. And they just look so pretty on a plate, right up there with feta-stuffed zucchini and beet carpaccio.
UPDATE So yeah, these are so easy to love, so simple, so fresh and for eggplant lovers? A little bit of eggplant heaven.
"... after the first bite I was hooked ..." ~ Kristy
ROASTED BABY EGGPLANT HALVES with HERBS
Time to table: 40 minutes
Serves 2 (easily multiplied)
1 baby eggplant, sliced in half lengthwise
Fresh herbs - I used parsley, oregano, chive, basil, rosemary, about a tablespoon per half
Garlic - 1 clove per half
Good olive oil
Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Cross-hatch the flesh of the eggplant with a sharp knife but do not pierce the skin.
In a small food processor, chop the herbs, garlic, salt and olive oil together until fine, like a pesto. Squeeze the eggplant half from underneath, opening up the cross-hatching, press herb mix into the cuts.
Place in baking dish and put into hot oven for about 30 minutes or until soft.
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