Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Oh, Eggplant, Sweet Eggplant

I am finally getting in the mood to cook again, it has been a long while,  I cooked enough to get by but nothing that was blog worthy. I also want to start trying some of the recipes and DIY tips and crafts that I pin from Pinterest.  I have over 19,000 pins and nothing to show for it!



This is a large sliced eggplant that is getting ready to go into the fridge, all the while luxuriating in........are you ready........a milk bath!  I have made many an eggplant, and as I was taught, salted it, placed waxed paper between layers, and let it sit weighted down with large cans of tomatoes.  Then it would get dipped in flour, egg and sometimes bread crumbs, and fried.



The milk takes all the bitterness and sharpness out of the eggplant.  It becomes so sweet and retains its shape without becoming mushy.  Dip in flour, shake off the excess and saute in olive oil.


This recipe, Eggplant with Honey & Thyme,



is from a food blog called A Spicy Perspective.  I can tell you that I will never prepare eggplant the old way again.  I think eggplant haters will become converts.



You can find the recipe here.  I never would have drizzled honey on eggplant, nor would I have sprinkled  thyme, parsley yes, but not thyme.  Such an interesting dish, almost like dessert!

Joining Tutorial, Tips & Tidbits, Home and Garden ThursdayFull Plate Thursday, Favorite ThingsFoodie Friday, Sweet & Simple Friday, Sunny Simple Sunday.

xo

39 comments:

  1. Well now, if I were only more adventurous with food...

    Pinterest is alternately a great joy and a huge time-sucking vacuum. Why do I feel as if I've accomplished something by pinning something that I'll never waste my time doing? Perhaps, I should change that for a sense of accomplishment.

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  2. Barbara, That sounds yummy! I love eggplant every way imaginable, but have never used honey. Surely have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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  3. I love eggplant! I always prepare it the same way as you described, but this new way is really interesting. I can't imagine milk or honey on eggplant. One day when I'm feeling adventurous, I will try it!

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  4. 19,000 pins??!?!??!?!! How on earth did you collect that many?!??! Yikes! I just looked up how many I have to show for my 6 months being on Pinterest...only 1335!!! I've got some catching up to do!!! :-)

    I still have never eaten eggplant, but I'm willing to give it a try to become one of the converts! :-)

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  5. Wow, you have been pinning! I love eggplant and made it your old way. Who knew, milk! I’ll try this next time. Thanks for sharing your secret for eggplant.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  6. Wow, that's a very interesting way to prepare eggplant. Of course I have to try it as eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. Always looking for learning something new.

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  7. I' ve never eaten eggplant, it's time to try with your delicious recipe.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  8. Gurlfriend I love me some eggplant,and this looks delish.Hope to grow some in the garden we are getting ready to plant,
    yip-pee.

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  9. Sounds great and not too hard (that is what I always appreciate!). I do love eggplant and I think this would be a fabulous way to serve it. Thanks, Barbara!

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  10. I love the addition of honey and thyme! I don't cook eggplant very often for some reason - this sounds like a winner!
    Mary x

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  11. Now that is calling my name - I LOVE eggplant! I have never done the milk bath and will have to give it a try. One thing I do to make it healthier is to bake instead of fry. I just give it a drizzle of olive oil or cooking spray.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  12. Dear Barbara .. You cook the most interesting food.. smile..
    Looks so good, too.. xo

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  13. I do like eggplant, but this method of preparing it is new to me. It sure does look good. I'll have to remember to give it a try.

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  14. This is a new way to prepare it for me too! Sounds like a great dish-enjoy:@)

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  15. Your eggplant looks absolutely delicious, Barbara! Off to find the recipe :)

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  16. A milk bath? wow this is new to me, but I will take your trusted word Barbara because it sounds intriguing! 19,000 pins? You put me to shame!

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  17. Barbara,
    I love eggplant and we grow some in the garden. But Leo hates it! Maybe I could sneak this one in and tell his it's dessert!

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  18. My favorite way to eat eggplant is cut up and tossed with other veggies in olive oil and a healthy portion of Italian seasoning and then roasted. Of course, then I then mix all the veggies with cooked pasta and roasted sausage. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

    I have one diner who will pick all of the eggplant out of this dish though. I wonder if she would eat eggplant your way? I must remember to try it when we harvest eggplant from the garden this summer. Thanks for the new idea!

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  19. I will have to try this recipe!

    I'm visiting via Thursday Favorite Things and your newest Follower :)

    ~ Jill

    http://www.frugalplus.com/

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  20. Dearest Barbara,
    For egg plants; I can just cook them with soy source base soup with meat or grill them p;) Wow, milk bath and looks SO yummy, my friend(♥^_^♥)~*

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  21. On the topic of pinterest, I will say that I have an item on my monthly "list" that I will try something that I pinned. It may just be one thing, but it makes me want to pin stuff I'll actually do.

    On the topic of this recipe? I am going to try it. I have never in my life cooked eggplant, and I can't tell you the number of times that I have walked by it in the produce section, picked it up, and put it back. I think this would make a wonderful first way to try it.

    I'll pin it, and then when I do... viola! One pin to put on the tried it list.

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  22. Gosh, this is a new way for preparation, Barbara! I'm glad you tried it out and gave your hearty approval. Your picture looks so pretty. I hope you have a wonderful day. XO

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  23. That looks very good, I never would have thought to fry eggplant. I'm following now from Katherine's Corner blog hop.

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  24. I love eggplant, this looks yummy!

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  25. Barbara, This sound awesome. We love eggplant so I will definitely try this recipe. A did a post of my recipe for French fried eggplant as an appetizer. I could prepare that for the appetizer, eggplant lasagna as an entree, and your delicious recipe as dessert. I told ya we looooooove eggplant.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will let you know how we like it.
    Hugs, Ginger

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  26. It sounds very interesting! We always soak ours in milk, and weight it down. DH had a lot of Italian neighbors growing up and he learned from them. Thank goodness, cause my Irish mom made eggplant steaks! They were so thick, yuck, I never would eat it! But I love how dh makes it, and I don't want to learn, I am no dummy! :)

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  27. The only time I have used eggplant is when I make a delicious eggplant parmesan, but this sounds like something we would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I have to confess that I don't care for eggplant but might like it fixed this way.Gotta try it...:)

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  29. Barbara I use milk too! We eat a lot of eggplant and we grow it too. Yours looks delish. Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation males the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway will be posted tomorrow!

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  30. Barbara, I'm so happy to see one of your recipes at Foodie Friday! What a great idea to soak eggplant in milk! Can't wait to try it, as we love it fried.I hope you have a great weekend!!!

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  31. This recipe looks really good Barbara. I love eggplant, but for some reason I rarely buy it. I do have one in the fridge, so I might have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Well, you've convinced me to try it this very unique way, Barbara! Wish I'd had that recipe last summer, as we had eggplants coming out our ears from our garden. Now I'll have to go BUY one! LOL
    Thanks for sharing how good it way & the link on how to make it, too.

    fondly,
    Rett

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  33. This sounds really good Barbara ... I wasn't planning to put eggplant in the garden this year, but may give it a try after all. Thank you for giving it a try and letting us know how it turned out!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  34. This sounds very interesting. I am certainly going to try it. Dianne

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  35. I put a plant in this year hoping to convert myself. I will have to try this.

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  36. Hi Barbara,
    Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it at the table with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

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  37. What an interesting recipe! The milk tip is so interesting, and I agree, would never thought of honey! We do get set in our ways! Thanks so much!
    Jenna

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  38. That's what I was telling my daughter, she wanted to grow Eggplant - I told her that you need to take the bitterness out - she looked at me funny - should have told her a long time ago - these look quite delicious!
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  39. Cruising around on your blog and my the thyme and honey sounds great on eggplant. I am in the mood for something different and I will try this soon.
    Thanks for your visit. Nice to know people are out there.

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