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Monday, September 19, 2016

Roasted Eggplant Boats ~ Joy List Monday

Roasted Eggplant Boats
Recipe from  River Cottage

 Eggplant has become one of our favorites.
If you do not like eggplant or had a bad first time with eggplant, try this trick.
My husband learned that sprinkling salt on your eggplant and letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes helps get any bitter juice out of the eggplant.
You can see this in the above photo, the bitter juice coming out.
After the 15 to 20 minutes, wash off the eggplant in cold water. Pat dry and continue with your recipe.

On to the recipe....
Preheat your oven to 375° 
Cut the eggplant half lengthwise.
Using a small, sharp knife, make a series of deep slashes diagonally across the flesh, going about two - thirds of the way into the flesh, but not right through to the skin. You want to end up with 6 to 10 slashes....depending on the size of your eggplant.

 Mix garlic and parsley with olive oil.

 My favorite part, I give my eggplant a garlic, parsley, olive oil bath.

 The eggplant are ready for the pan.
In a roasting pan, place the eggplant halves, flesh side up!
Roast for 50 minuets, or until deep golden brown and completely tender.

Let the eggplant set for 5 minuets and ENJOY!

Joy List Monday
a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

  ♥ old movies ~ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with James Stewart
 ♥ eating Orchard  popcorn ~ a new pink popcorn we found at an apple orchard
it is delicious with a dash of  salt 
♥ continuing to harvest vegetables and flowers from the garden
 ♥ enjoying the full moon with Jeremy 
♥ a surprise visit from my parents on Friday


  1. My dad taught me that salt trick years ago, it makes a huge difference! Our garden has produced a lot of eggplant this season, I still have a couple more out there, excited to try your version :-)

  2. Wasn't that moon incredible? These eggplant boats look delicious! I love eggplant and usually do the "sweating" method to get the bitterness out too. I don't mind it either way. I haven't tried making this recipe before though so I need to add it to my list!

  3. I do like eggplant. That is nice to know about the salt.

  4. I have never eaten eggplant! Love your joy list this week.

  5. I've never tried eggplant - but if it's from River Cottage, it must be good. My all-time favorite recipe (for coq au vin) is from Hugh's Meat cookbook. I may just have to hunt down an eggplant so I can try this!

  6. The eggplant looks so yummy. Great tip on getting rid of the bitterness. Love your joy list this week.
    Enjoy the rest of this wonderful week.

  7. This looks sooooo good. And it's simple. I need simple right now! Great tip, by the way....I'd never heard it before!

  8. I need to try eggplants this way! Looks yummy ♥


  9. I so loved last weeks recipe, and now this one looks a winner too!
    Thanks for sharing

    All the best Jan

  10. We really need to give eggplant one more try! The recipe sounds so good and it looks so yummy!! Maybe with Jeremy's trick, we can move it up on our list.
    So nice to get surprise visit's from parents :)

  11. Your roasted eggplant looks amazing, Carla. My mom used to fry eggplant - first she dipped it in a sauce then fried it. I really miss it. The orchard popcorn sounds delightful. You're so lucky to still have your parents around. Give them a big hug, Carla.


  12. These look delicious!! We've been eating lots of eggplant lately. My mom's plants have been producing like crazy. She grows the skinny asian varieties and I've been making just about everything with eggplant (today I put roasted eggplant on top of pizza!).

    Love your Joy List, too! :)

    p.s. thanks for your concern. Our area did get hit hard in the storms, but personally we are ok. Some water in the basement, but it could have been much worse. Hope you have a wonderful time in South Dakota!


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