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Grilled Eggplant Risotto
© Lucy Schaeffer

Grilled Eggplant Risotto

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • HEALTHY
  • VEGETARIAN

For this supersimple risotto, chef Jonathan Justus grills eggplant until smoky and charred, then blends the creamy flesh into the cooked rice. Just before serving, he sprinkles on sumac, a tart Middle Eastern spice made from the dried berry.

  1. 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  2. 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  5. 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  6. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  7. 1 1/2 cups arborio rice (10 ounces)
  8. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  9. 3 cups hot vegetable stock or broth
  10. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  11. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  12. 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
  13. 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  14. Ground sumac (see Note)
  1. Light a grill. Rub the eggplant with 1/2 tablespoon of the oil and grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until charred and soft, 20 minutes; let cool slightly. Halve the eggplant lengthwise and scoop the pulp into a blender. Puree until creamy.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter in the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion, shallot, garlic and rice and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant, 5 minutes. Add the wine and cook until it is absorbed. Add the vegetable stock, 1/2 cup at a time; stir constantly until it is absorbed before adding more. Cook until the rice is al dente, 20 minutes total.
  3. Stir in the eggplant puree and the cream and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley and scallions. Spoon the risotto into bowls, sprinkle with sumac and serve.
Notes Sumac is available at specialty shops and online at kalustyans.com.

Suggested Pairing

Light red, such as a cru Beaujolais.

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