Monday, August 29, 2011

Eggplant Au Gratin

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I saw these little eggplants at the market the other day and without thinking I just picked up a handful.  They really are so beautiful in color and shape.  I never really know how to cook with eggplant.  

I've had stuffed eggplants before with tomatoes and beef stuffed into the eggplant shell and then baked in the oven.  I love that combination.  I've been on the lookout for more recipes to try out using eggplant.


Now that we are in full swing with our school schedule, we're having to make a determined effort to pull meals together that are not only quick but that are healthy.  Because at the end of the day...Mom is exhausted!


This is an eggplant au gratin that is very easy to make.  It's basically made like a Potato au Gratin.  It could be used as a vegetarian main dish or as a side to a meat dish.  I added a layer of parmesan cheese to the top but I think crumbled goat cheese on top would be a better choice. 


The surprise to this dish was the increased flavors the day after it was baked.  We ate the leftovers for lunch for a couple of days and the flavors were deeper compared to the first serving.  


We're trying to experiment more with vegetable dishes as our main course this year.  Adding some crunchy bread and a small glass of red wine makes a delicious meal.



Eggplant Au Gratin


Ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 baby round eggplant or one large regular eggplant, sliced
2 small red onions, sliced
1 cup shitake mushrooms, diced 
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup basil loosely packed basil leaves and chopped
Salt and pepper
1 cup light cream (or 1/2 milk and heavy cream)


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350˚F and position a rack in the middle. In a 9x9 inch gratin dish lightly coated with a bit of olive oil, place some eggplant slices in a single layer. Top with a single layer each of onion slices, diced mushrooms. Sprinkle with some garlic, chopped basil and salt and pepper. Repeat the layering until all the vegetables are used.   Pour the cream over the top Cover the dish with foil for the first 30 minutes so the eggplant doesn't dry out. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.  I added some grated Parmesan cheese over the top before serving.  Goat Cheese crumbled over the top would be delicious as well.

25 comments:

  1. Great picks.And nothing wrong with meatless days..especially if you can cook like you;))

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  2. I do the same thing with eggplants, I buy them because they're so beautiful without knowing what I'll do with them. I'm on a gratin kick, so I will definitely try this. I like the addition of shitake mushrooms, too. Your photos are so gorgeous and inspiring...I want to frame that top one!

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  3. I have to tell you, I am not a huge fan of eggplany but this looks LURVELY! I have found a Vietnamese eggplant dip that Im going to try...wish me luck!

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  4. Oh this recipe looks so delicious and nourishing after a long day! I think it's perfect for a weeknight supper. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Very nice recipe :) I've got some eggplant recipes to share:)
    http://www.dimplearts.com/blog/2009/09/10/delicious-garden-fresh-eggplant/, would love for you try it and let me know what you think :) And another eggplant gratin :) http://www.dimplearts.com/blog/2011/02/17/cook-and-tell-eggplant-gratin/

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  6. I love eggplant - this recipe sounds very interesting! I'll have to try it out sometime!

    Your photos are gorgeous!

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  7. Thank you Sarah. This recipe looks delicious...will try it today. My eggplants from my garden need a new idea.

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  8. Mmm I can alsmot taste this dish. I would love to try it. My husband is not a big fan of eggplant though:( Maybe because the only yime I made it I didn't cook it properly and the eggplant tasted quite bitter.

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  9. these photos are beautiful. especially the onion.

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  10. Beautiful photos - especially the one of the half full plate in the shade. We had mini aubergine from our allotment and they were almost too cute to eat... ;D

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  11. Nice and easy! The food styling looks lovely, too.

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  12. You have a way of taking the most ordinary of ingredients and transforming them into something extraordinary. Love the color of these sweet eggplants!!!

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  13. Gorgeous photos and beautiful recipe! I love the idea of eggplant gratin, will be making it soon :)

    My most favorite use of eggplants is baked with some olive oil, garlic and spices, made as a dip with veggies and my latest - eggplants, zucchinis, tomatoes and grated potatoes gratin :)

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  14. Sometimes, discovering a blog can make your day. Yours just made mine. It's so beautiful - the food, the travel, your lovely family. This space really feels like a snippet of your life, and a gorgeous one at that.

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  15. Sarah, This looks like my kind of recipe.... vegetarian soul food! I still dream of an Eggplant Parmesean I had as a kid and your dish brings back memories. I like really your use of shitakes - a nice touch.
    And I have to say that I am covetous of your beautiful props;) Well done all around!
    -Erin

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  16. This looks so good! I love eggplant and I will definitely be making this one. Thanks for the recipe.

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  17. Very nice! I'm always looking for new ways to use eggplant, this sounds so tasty!

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