Grilled or Fried Eggplants

Melanzane alla Griglia o Fritte
Milinciani Arrustuti o Fritti

Grilled or fried eggplants can be served as part of the appetizers, or as a side dish, or to stuff Italian bread for an exceptional sandwich.

 It is a very convenient dish because it can be prepared in advance. Just add salt and peppers and enjoy!

 

 

SERVES 4-6

INGREDIENTS

 

·        2 medium eggplants 

·        ¾ cup olive oil 

·        Salt and pepper 

Preparation

 

The Eggplants
Wash
 eggplants, remove stalks and slice horizontally with the skin still on, about ½ inch thick. Remove excess skin from first and last slice of each eggplant. 

Place eggplants in a colander, salt lightly and set aside for 20 minutes.  

Rinse the sliced eggplant and drain for a few minutes. Gently pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towels. 

 

 

To Grill 

Brush both sides with oil and grill the eggplant slices until tender, about 7 minutes on each side or until tender. If a grill is not available, use your oven set to 400 degrees, cooking for 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until tender. 

 

 

To Fry 

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the eggplants in the hot oil a few slices at a time. Fry 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.  

  

The Serving
Place cooked eggplant in a serving dish and, if you prefer, drizzle with a mixture of olive oil, a hint of fresh garlic and a few drops of vinegar. Garnish with mint leaves and serve immediately.