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Ron_L 07-24-2013 10:02 PM

The Eggplant Wizard Cooks...
 
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:becky:

The current BBQ Brethren Throw Down category is Eggplant and/or Tofu, so I decided to enter with an eggplant recipe.

This recipe originally came from Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet. I have his original in a cook book, but it has also been posted on a few web sites.

Eggplant Meatballs

As you can tell, mine aren't meatballs. I adapted the recipe to allow cooking on the grill and made them patties instead. I also grilled the eggplant instead of boiling it.

So... Let's get started...

First, our guest of honor...

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I cut his green head off and sliced him into half-inch thick slices...

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I brushed the slices with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper and put them on the grill...

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After they had nice grill marks on both sides I put them into a foil pan covered with foil to finish cooking.

Then I gathered all of the other ingredients...

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I used a mix of ground beef and ground chicken and put that in the bowl with most of the other ingredients, including the mashed eggplant...

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The resulting mixture was fairly wet but I formed it into 6 patties and put them on the grill to cook. I completely forget to get a picture of them on the grill :tsk:

After they were grilled I put some of the spaghetti sauce in the foil pan, added the patties, some more sauce, and the cheeses...

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That baked for about 30 minutes until it was all hot and bubbly...

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I added some garlic Texas toast...

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and let it cook until it was nice and brown and crispy...

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We served the patties on a piece of the garlic toast along with some baby green beans and another slice of Texas garlic toast.

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This did not suck!

:becky:

nucornhusker 07-24-2013 10:04 PM

That looks awesome. I have no idea how to cook eggplant but that may make me try.

code3rrt 07-24-2013 11:31 PM

Whoooweeeeeee! That looks fantastic!

KC

BobBrisket 07-25-2013 12:03 AM

OH YEAH, I'D HIT THAT!:-D

Bob

Phubar 07-25-2013 01:42 AM

Nice work Ronello!

Shooter1 07-25-2013 07:08 AM

Very nice, I'm going to have to give this a try.

deguerre 07-25-2013 07:12 AM

Damn you, pickle!!! Just...DAMN!!!!!

Pig Daddy 07-25-2013 07:25 AM

I love eggplant! Way to go Capt. Ron! :hail:

oifmarine2003 07-25-2013 07:36 AM

That looks really good!

CharredApron 07-25-2013 07:44 AM

Shiver me pickle that looks great!

Thermal Mass 07-25-2013 07:53 AM

Sounds very, very good!!:thumb:
I like the Muenster cheese on top.:-D

Did the eggplant bring much flavor or just textural attributes?
Was the skin any issue or did you remove it before adding to the meat mixture?

:hungry:

Ron_L 07-25-2013 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thermal Mass (Post 2564571)
Sounds very, very good!!:thumb:
I like the Muenster cheese on top.:-D

Did the eggplant bring much flavor or just textural attributes?
Was the skin any issue or did you remove it before adding to the meat mixture?

:hungry:

Oh... Good point :) I removed the skin before mashing the eggplant. I left it on to hold the slices together while cooking. You want the eggplant very soft so it mashes easily. I was able to peel the skin off of the middle slices and used a spoon to scoop the meat our of the end ones.

I'm not sure that you really taste the eggplant. It doesn't have a lot of flavor to begin with. But, it helps make the mixture very moist and gives it a nice texture.

Gore 07-25-2013 08:07 AM

Wow Ron, if hadn't just eaten 3 slices of French toast, I'd go for some of that. :hungry:

Al Czervik 07-25-2013 08:26 AM

Sign me up for plate Ronelle... Looks mighty tasty! :thumb:

PatAttack 07-25-2013 08:30 AM

I'm not very big on eggplant but I'd bust that up!!


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