7 exciting eggplant recipes including pilaf, caponata and parm

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Although eggplant can be a divisive ingredient, when processed right, it’s downright delicious. And from summer to early fall they are at their peak. Whether you love it and are looking for new ways to enjoy nightshade, or you’re not a fan but are trying to reconsider your feelings about eggplant, these recipes will do the trick. And if you’re looking for even more ways to serve this wonderful ingredient, head over to the recipe finder for more ideas.

Eggplant steaks with yogurt with herbs, walnuts and pomegranate, above. “It’s as good a dish as it looks,” writes cookbook author Reem Kassis. “Herbs, pomegranate seeds and nuts adorn the yogurt-coated eggplant slices like little jewels.”

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Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini and Poblano Ciabattas with Queso Fresco. A tangy cilantro vinaigrette brings tons of flavor to the grilled veggies packed into these Mexican-style sandwiches from cookbook author Pati Jinich.

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Eggplant pilaf. This unique dish from cookbook author Nik Sharma features eggplant in a fragrant rice pilaf with peas and pumpkin seeds.

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Grilled eggplant rolls with spinach and goat cheese. This recipe from Nourish columnist Ellie Krieger is packed with produce. “Cooked until bubbly, the dish comes out of the oven with real comforting appeal, hearty and warm, yet fresh and veggie-centric, with the sunny essence of summer,” Krieger writes.

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Eggplant Bruschetta and Skordalia with Hazelnuts. Grilled eggplant covers toasted bread spread with skordalia, a thick Greek mash made from bread, toasted hazelnuts, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar and water.

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Sheet Pan Caponata and Couscous With Goat Cheese. “This version of the Sicilian eggplant dish is made on a baking sheet in the oven, so you don’t have to worry about frying or pan-frying,” says Daniela Galarza. It is served on a soft couscous with tangy goat cheese.

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Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches. I love eggplant, but hate making it because of the multi-step breading and frying that most recipes require. This genius take on writer Becky Krystal simplifies it all by grilling eggplant with a breadcrumb topping for similar results without all the mess.

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