Garlic and Herb Roasted Eggplant Recipe

Courtesy of Caitlin:

Garlic and Herb Roasted Eggplant:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant (or 2-3 small ones), cut into 1-inch piecesImage
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 8-10 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
  • freshly chopped parsley, basil, oregano, thyme
  • About 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • About 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pita bread
  • Optional: plain Greek yogurt

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a large bowl, toss the eggplant with olive oil to thoroughly coat the pieces. Place the eggplant onto a baking sheet and put into the preheated oven.

 

In the same bowl, toss the whole garlic cloves with a few drops of oil. After the eggplant has been roasting for about 20 minutes, add the garlic cloves into the mix. Continue to roast until both are tender, about 20 minutes.

When the eggplant is tender, give it a stir and add in the tomatoes. Continue to roast for about 10 more minutes, or until the eggplant begins to caramelize and the tomatoes soften. Remove the vegetables from the oven and set aside to cool.

When they are cool enough to handle, remove the garlic cloves and chop into small pieces (the texture will be almost puree-like).

Place the roasted garlic, eggplant and tomatoes and any juices that came out while roasting into a bowl (if you use the same bowl you used for prepping the vegetables, you get the benefit of the remaining olive oil and have fewer dishes to do).

Add the herbs, grated parmesan cheese, and just enough vinegar to coat. Enjoy this mixture alone or with toasted pita bread and a spoonful of Greek yogurt!

Found and adjusted from http://herbsspices.about.com/od/salads/r/GarlicHerbEggpl.htm

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