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Roasted Eggplant with Chiles, Peanuts & Mint

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Serves four to six as a side dish.

I usually serve this dish as an appetizer, but you can also serve it as a side dish for roasted lamb or pork.

  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 5 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. peanut oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 skinny Japanese eggplant (about 7 inches long and 1-1/2 inches in diameter)
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes; more to taste
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 12 medium fresh mint leaves, coarsely torn (about 3 Tbs.)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F.

Scatter the peanuts in a pie plate or other small baking dish and toss them with 1 tsp. oil and a generous pinch of salt. Roast, shaking the pan once or twice, until they are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool, and then coarsely chop them. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F.

Rinse the eggplant. Trim off their tops and then cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. In a large, shallow bowl, toss the eggplant with 2 Tbs. of the oil and the red pepper flakes. Put the eggplant cut side up on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle generously with salt. Roast until the eggplant is tender when pierced with a fork and the flesh is a light golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small dish, whisk the remaining 3 Tbs. oil with the lime juice, honey, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Season to taste with more salt, if necessary.

With the eggplant still on the center rack, turn the broiler on to high and broil the eggplant until well browned on top, about 5 minutes. Transfer the eggplant to a serving platter. Drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with mint and peanuts and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings; Calories (kcal): 170; Fat (g): fat g 15; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2.5; Protein (g): protein g 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 8; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 140; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I love eggplants. Eggplants can be roasted with chopped chillies, parsley, spring onion, pereserved say bean paste to give it an Asian flavor. This roasted eggplant with peanuts and mint is great and easy.

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