Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Grilled EggPlant Salad w/ BBQ Chicken Breast & Brown Rice


Egg Plant
Red Peppers (YDT Roasted Red peppers)
Cherry Tomato's, sliced into quarters 
Scallions, minced
Parsley , minced
Cilantro, minced
2 Cloves Garlic

There is just no better way to cook Egg Plant then Grilling it.  Some prep before hand is needed to remove bitterness.  Slice Egg plant into quarter Inch rounds.  Sprinkle generously with salt.  Place onto plate lined with paper towel adding paper towel on top as well.  Place another plate on and something heavy to squish it.  I use my cast iron Frying pan or a jug of water.  Let stand 8 -10 hours (overnight works).
For the recipe I cheated a bit skip a step AND because Red peppers are not the cheapest.  YellowDog Trading Co sells jars of roasted red peppers that are so perfect and very affordable in comparison.  If you don't have access to Yellow Dog or want to try the long way ..... Grill Your red peppers whole, turning occasionally until completely charred, about 20 mins.  Place in plastic or paper bag.  Let stand 10 mins to loosen skins.  Working over bowl to catch pepper juices, remove skin, seeds, and stems discard all.  Dice peppers and set aside.

To Grill egg plant you can just brush with a bit of olive oil.  I opted to use some Nutritional Yeast salad dressing as it adds a bit of flavor as well. Place on grill cook until grill marked and tender, about 5 to 7 mins each side.  Transfer to cutting board and chop.

Combine chopped red pepper and egg plant, tomatoes,scallions, parsley, cilantro, and garlic.  Add Lemon or lime juice to taste.  Season with Pepper. Serve at room temp. Enjoy!

I prepared this meal for quick evening dinner with my parents and my son after T ball.  The picture bellow is a large portion size that I served my Dad...he had seconds :)

1 comment:

  1. yummmm!
    i dont love egg plant but i want to eat this!