Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Grilled eggplant with tomatoes and cheese and a new home

Grilled eggplant with tomatoes and cheese

A quick post this time - I’m moving today and lots of boxes surround me right now.

If you like veggies, please, make this dish. It couldn’t be simpler and the flavors are so good. Serve it with some crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a meal.

Grilled eggplant with tomatoes and cheese

Grilled eggplant with tomatoes and cheese
inspired by a recipe from Family Food

2 eggplants, sliced
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil*
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb 2 oz (510g) cherry tomatoes, halved
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons capers, drained
½ cup mozzarella – the one I used seems to be similar to Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
small basil leaves, to garnish – it was raining heavily so I couldn’t go outside to pick them

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/392ºF.

Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Brush the eggplant slices with some of the oil. Grill the slices on both sides until they are soft and begin to brown, then lay them in a large, shallow baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat the rest of the oil in a small saucepan, add the cherry tomatoes and garlic, then fry briefly until the tomatoes just start to soften. Add the capers for a minute. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the tomatoes over the eggplant, and sprinkle the mozzarella and the parmesan on top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Remove from the oven then sprinkle the basil leaves over the top. Serve at once.

* garlic is not my best friend when it comes to digestion, so I used garlic infused olive oil and omitted the garlic cloves.

Serves 4


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

So simple and delicious Patricia...good luck with moving.

Anonymous said...

You're posting a blog post in the middle of moving? You, my dear, are a super blogger!

This looks delicious and perfect for the produce which is in our farmers' market right now. Plus it looks like just the sort of thing to keep your strength up while moving.

Hope you're settled in your new place soon and enjoying it. Best of luck with the move!

Anonymous said...

Good luck moving!
The dish looks delicious!

LyB said...

You're moving? I hope you have a great kitchen so you can make more fabulous food! Like this dish, which looks delicious. I just love eggplant, and cheese, and tomatoes, all together, mmmmm. ;)

Remember to take a little time to relax, we'll be here when you're done unpacking. :)

RecipeGirl said...

Looks like a great meal to me.

Good luck with the move!

Nic said...

Good luck with the move!
Having moved a bunch of times, I know how stressful it can be, so I'll be thinking of you!

Manggy said...

Haha, that's blogging commitment for you! Good luck with the move!
This is one of the best ways to prepare eggplant in my opinion. You can maybe submit this to Wandering Chopsticks's Weeked Wokking :)

Abitofafoodie said...

Hope your move goes well.
This dish is full of lovely flavours and colours - wonderful.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

good luck with the move my sweet friend! this is one awesome looking dish - I simply adore eggplants and this is simply luscious!

Deborah said...

Good luck with the move! This dish looks like a great way to use up some of the millions of cherry tomatoes I'm getting!

Anonymous said...

What satisfying-looking dish! Best of luck with the move!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Oh, I don't envy you the move. I've never enjoyed the process of boxing up all your worldly goods and then trying to find things again on the other end of the move. I hope all goes smoothly for you.

Kajal@aapplemint said...

Looks yummy Patricia , moving ??? where to ?

Brilynn said...

Good luck with the move, I'll be doing that soon and I'm dreading it, I hate the process of packing and unpacking.
That dish looks delicious though!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

How the heck did you have time to post today? You amaze me, Patricia! Best of luck moving. I hope we learn more about it. :)

Cris said...

And you managed to find time to post and say hello... Hope all goes well! xoxoxo

sunita said...

Pastricia,all the best with your move...admire your commitmrnt to blogging in the midst of it :-) eggplants and your dish looks lovely :-)

Debbie said...

The eggplant looks delicious. I have moved several times over the past few years and it is always exhausting!

Aimée said...

Happy housewarming to you!

Sara said...

This looks delicious! Congrats on the move, may your new home be full of love and blessings!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

How exciting! The dish looks great! Love eggplant!

Anonymous said...

I hope the move goes well! Good luck.

Kana said...

And you had time to blog?! Hope all goes well with the move :)

Nina Timm said...

It is only a food blogger that will post on the day that she moves!!! I wish you a new home full of happiness and love.
The grilled eggplant looks delicious though.

Anonymous said...

You are moving and you still manage to cook such a delicious looking meal. Good luck with the move!

Emily said...

Mmm, I love eggplant. This dish has got it going on.

Good luck with the move!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe your posting while moving! You are super-woman! This looks awesome. All roasted and gooey, I mean wow!

Snooky doodle said...


pam said...

How in the world did you find time to post while moving?? But I'm glad you did, because I have all the ingredients for this!

Nora B. said...

Hi Patricia,
Hope the move has not been too tiring. I hate moving and have done it heaps of times due to my overseas tertiary studies.

This recipe sounds delicious. Always on a look out for more eggplant recipes.

p/s: poppyseeds are banned in Singapore. I feel your pain....

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Lovely dish! I always hate moving, and hope your day went smoothly and that by now you have everything into the new place.

MPG said...

That looks colorful & delicious!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pete, thank you!

Julie, and you are a super friend - thank you for your support!

Linda, thank you!

LyB, darling, my kitchen is bigger now, yay!!!
Joao and I have organized many things, but there are many more to come still. :)

RecipeGirl, thank you!

Nic, it's very tiring, isn't it?
Thank you!

Mark, I have to check that event out, I don't know about it!
Thank you, my friend!

Antonia, thank you, darling!

Meeta, my dear, thank you!

Deb, I hope you try it@

Ann, thank you!

Lynn, it's tiring and takes forever... :S

Kate, 3 blocks away from where I used to live. :)

Bri, my heart will go out to you when it's your time to move, darling!

Susan, it was a quick post, before my Internet connexion was unplugged. :)

Cris, thank you, darling! xx

Sunita, thanks, sweetie!

Debbie, very exhausting indeed!

Aimée, tks, darling!

Sara, thank you for your kind words, sweetie!

Melody, thank you!

Kristen, lots of boxes, my friend. :)

Maya, just a couple of minutes. :)

Nina, your words mean a lot to me, thank you!

Syrie, it had to be a quick recipe, like this one here. :)
Tks, darling!

Emiline, thank you!!

Cathy, I just wanted to share this with you, my dear readers!

Natalie, tks for stopping by! I hope you like it!

Pam, it was a quick post. ;)

Nora, so you know how I feel, about both the moving and the poppy seeds! :)

Lydia, I hate moving, too, my friend. It's so tiring!

MPG, thank you!

Antonio Tahhan said...

good luck with the move!! I recently moved a couple months ago and lost a pot lid :(
This eggplant dish looks amazing - I especially love the melted cheese on top :)

test it comm said...

Cheese makes everything better. That looks really good.

Jeanne said...

Good luck with the move - there's nothing I despise more than that awful "neither-here-nor-there" feeling of a move...

This dish looks wonderful - like eggplant parmesan but with 90% less hassle. I'll definitely be trying it.

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm look at all that cheese! And I've been saying to myself I want to try cooking eggplant. Good luck with the move!

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm look at all that cheese! And I've been saying to myself I want to try cooking eggplant. Good luck with the move!

Jaime said...

i'm not an eggplant eater so i won't be making this one - but i hope you are settling into your new home nicely! :)

Kalyn Denny said...

Not sure how I missed this recipe, but I'm glad I found it now!

Andrea Meyers said...

I hope your move went well. This eggplant dish looks wonderful, right up my alley!

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