Have you ever bought something because everyone loves it but you’ve never really been a fan and decided you needed to try it again?
Well, that happened last week when we were at the grocery store. We saw eggplants and bought not one but two. I’ve tried to make something eggplanty once before and it did not go well. I didn’t like the taste, texture or anything about it. Honestly it could’ve been the recipe, my cooking skills, or just me but regardless it was bad, and that caused my relationship with eggplants to take a turn for the worse.
I wanted to love them because everyone talks about how good and good for you they are, but I just couldn’t. I couldn’t bring myself to buy a vegetable that I knew I didn’t like, much less didn’t know how to prepare.
So last week when I found myself with not one but two eggplants in my vegetable drawer you can imagine my disbelief and bewilderment. Yes I bought the two purple vegetables myself but I had no idea what to do with them. I figured I would just slice them up and toss them on the grill, thats what I do with all my other vegetables and it works.
Well the advice from many of my patients discouraged me from doing that so by friday night I was sick of staring at the suckers and decided I had to cook them, NOW!
I decided I would make “stuffed eggplants” but first I had to run to the store to grab the last of my spur of the moment ingredients, some fresh herbs and some feta cheese.
While I really had no ideaaaa what I was doing I just went with it and figured it out along the way… the way all good things are made! After some stirring, browning and baking they were done, smelled and looked delicious. #winning
Friday nights dinner was indeed delicious, stuffed eggplant with salmon and grilled squash = too much food, but oh so good! I was happily impressed with my eggplant creation but it wasn’t until Saturday when Brent ate the last 1/2 for lunch and exclaimed “Man I am sad the eggplant is gone…” that I knew I made a true winner!
So I recreated the recipe on Sunday to 1. make sure it was delicious and 2. photograph it for you!
I am happy to say that the recipe is truly delicious and now that I’ve had eggplant 3 of the past 4 days I can say my initial reaction to the vegetable has taken a change for the better!
p.s. I know 10 steps is wayyy more than my usual recipe but I promise this is an easy recipe to make just has a few extra steps in there!