Eggplants are interesting to eat. They can take the place of meats in many dishes and they are, in my opinion, very beautiful to look at and grow. If you have never tried an eggplant, you may very well be missing out on some good eats. Eggplants taste like a squash with a mild cucumber taste. They are usually a squash that even “squash haters” can like if you prepare them right. Here are some suggestion on some awesome eggplant recipes as well as how to best store eggplant in the freezer.
How to Freeze Eggplant
Choose the best eggplants to begin with. You want the typical dark purple variety as they will hold up better to the freezing temperatures. Also, pick an eggplant that is mature yet firm. To start the freezing process, wash and peel the eggplant and then slice it. Blanching the eggplant is best as it will hold in it's peak flavor better for future recipes. After you blanch it, drain well and place in zipper style bags or vacuum seal bags. Eggplant will stay good frozen for up to one year, but is best eaten within 6-8 months.
10 Awesome Eggplant Recipes
If you are gluten intolerant you will love this recipe for Eggplant Lasagna from Sweet C's Designs. I love anything that is like lasagna so this one sounds amazing.
These Eggplant “Meatballs” from the Food Network are a great vegetarian substitute for those that want to find one.
Make eggplants into snacks with this great recipe for Eggplant Chips from Kitchen Psycho, It's time for a change. They are even baked!
Kids and kids at heart will love these Eggplant Pizzas from Eat Good 4 Life. This is a simple meal idea that kids can even help make.
This recipe for Szechuan Eggplant from Edible Garden sounds like it is right up my alley. I love foods with a Chinese flair.
Baked Eggplant Burgers from The Tolerant Vegan are so creative. I would have never thought to make eggplant into a burger!
If you are looking for a side that dazzles, try these Eggplant Fries from Use Real Butter. Apparently, they taste great with a drizzle of honey.
Try this Roasted Eggplant Dip from Inspired Taste for your next snack time. It's called Baba Ganoush and is great not only for dipping, buit as a spread on sandwiches!
A perfect dinner idea during grilling season are these Grilled Eggplant Rollups from Mediterrasian.
Try a new twist on something familiar with these Eggplant Parmesan Subs from Stetted.