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Recipe

Grilled Eggplant with Toasted-Breadcrumb Salsa Verde

Scott Phillips

Yield: Serves four to six as a side dish.

This topping is also delicious on grilled meat or fish.

Ingredients

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs, preferably from a rustic French or Italian loaf
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
  • 1 small shallot, very finely diced
  • 2-1/2 tsp. red-wine vinegar; more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh marjoram or oregano
  • 1/2 Tbs. capers, rinsed well and coarsely chopped
  • 1 anchovy fillet (preferably salt-packed), rinsed and finely chopped

For the eggplant:

  • 1 large globe eggplant (about 1 lb.), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
  • Kosher salt

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 180
      Fat Calories (kcal): 150
      Fat (g): 17
      Saturated Fat (g): 2.5
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12
      Cholesterol (mg): 0
      Sodium (mg): 260
      Carbohydrates (g): 7
      Fiber (g): 3
      Protein (g): 1

Preparation

Make the topping:

  • Heat the oven to 375°F. Put the breadcrumbs in a pie plate or on a small rimmed baking sheet, drizzle 1/2 Tbs. of the olive oil on top, and mix well to evenly coat the crumbs. Spread the crumbs and toast in the oven, stirring occasionally, until very crisp and golden brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
  • Combine the shallot, vinegar, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Let sit for at least 10 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  • Combine the remaining 1/4 cup oil with the herbs, capers, and anchovy in a medium bowl. Set aside until ready to serve.

Grill the eggplant:

  • Prepare a medium-high charcoal or gas grill fire. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt. Grill (covered on a gas grill; uncovered on a charcoal grill) until golden-brown grill marks form, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the eggplant and grill until tender and well marked on the second sides, 3 to 4 minutes more. The interior should be grayish and soft rather than white and hard.
  • Just before serving, combine the shallot mixture and the toasted breadcrumbs with the herb mixture. If the salsa seems too dry, add a bit more olive oil. Season to taste with more salt or vinegar, if necessary—it should have a nice acidic kick. Spoon the salsa verde on top of grilled eggplant slices or serve on the side.

Make Ahead Tips

You can grill the eggplant in advance and serve it at room temperature, but wait until just before serving to combine the shallot mixture with the toasted breadcrumbs, so the breadcrumbs stay crunchy.

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  • Stu in Raleigh | 06/21/2017

    Fabulous. The simply grilled eggplant rounds came out a bit crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Excellent recipe for salsa verde.....next time I'm going to double or triple the salsa verde to keep for use on the next meal of two....(ok....I did add a big clove of garlic into the fray)

  • user-4323747 | 01/04/2015

    Especially loved the Salsa verde! Also made another version with fresh chilli kick, also enjoyable!

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    kaceykay | 06/04/2008

    This is a great go-with dish to include with your summer grilling menus.

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