Here, classic eggplant recipes like baba ghanoush and eggplant parmesan, plus creative preparations from star chefs.
Best Eggplant Recipes
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, chefs at NYC’s Torrisi Italian Specialties and Parm, have a knack for creating ultimate versions of Italian-American classics like a basil-rich eggplant parmesan.
Sardinian Stuffed Eggplant (photo)
Chef Efisio Farris says that his mother used only eggplants from the first pick of the season (le primizie) for this dish because of their supple texture and earthy-sweet flavor without a hint of bitterness. But if you don’t have the primizie option, you should seek out firm, heavy eggplants with smooth, evenly colored skin. Check for ripeness by pressing them lightly; if this leaves an imprint, the eggplant is ready to use.
Sicily’s caponata is a tangy eggplant salad served as a side dish or appetizer. This version adds bits of velvety avocado.
Japanese eggplants star in Sam Mogannam’s delicious version of this classic Middle Eastern spread.
Joël Robuchon ingeniously softens spongy eggplant by steaming it instead of sautéing it in oil. “Usually, cooked eggplant absorbs so much oil and becomes full of fat,” he says.