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Grilled Fairy Tale Eggplant with Rosemary Garlic Oil

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Serves 4

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 130

Throw these sweet little eggplant on the grill alongside steak or lamb, but keep a close eye on them while grilling. Because they vary in size, cooking times may vary, too.

  • 1 lb. fairy tale eggplant, halved lengthwise, stems intact
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil; more for brushing
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Prepare a medium-high (400°F to 475°F) gas or charcoal grill fire. Lightly season the cut halves of the eggplant with salt and let sit while the grill is heating.

In a 1-quart saucepan, cook the oil and garlic over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the rosemary, and set aside.

Brush the eggplant halves all over with some of the oil mixture. Place them on the grill grate cut side down. Grill, covered, until grill marks appear, 1 to 5 minutes. Using tongs, carefully flip the eggplant and grill, covered, until completely tender, 1 to 3 minutes more.

Arrange cut side up on a serving platter. Whisk the lemon juice into the remaining oil mixture and drizzle over the eggplant. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 170, Fat (kcal): 16, Fat Calories (g): 140, Saturated Fat (g): 2, Protein (g): 1, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12, Carbohydrates (mg): 7, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2, Sodium (g): 140, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

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