The Baby Thai Eggplant surfaced in the box. You would think that something so little and cute would be easy to deal with, but then again, babies are little and cute too.....so you do the math!
- Refrigerate in an unsealed plastic bag in crisper drawer. Use within five days of purchase for optimum quality
- About 30 calories per cup
- Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a ton of dietary fiber, Folate, Potassium and Manganese
|Food styling by my 9 year old.|
I had heard (through the Google Grapevine), that Baby Thai Eggplants are very bitter. So I decided it would not be eaten by itself and that I'd have to jazz it up a bit. Surprisingly, there were not many recipes out there but I guess that's probably because they are not a mainstream veggie (actually, they are a fruit).
So here is what I did
I cut off the stems and then sliced into 1/8 inch thick slices. I laid them out on paper towels to see how much moisture would come out. (Not as wet as a traditional eggplant.) Then I brushed them with olive oil on both sides and sprinkled salt, pepper and garlic powder over the tops. I roasted them on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes at 400 to 425 degrees until lightly golden brownish.
|They looked like this|
1. I caramelized 2 large onions. If you don't know how to do this, please click here for directions. And if you've never tried caramelized onions on pizza, you are missing out on a fabulous topping! Even my husband loves them and he hates onions.
2. Spread out the dough in pizza pan. Sprinkled goat cheese or blue cheese over the dough (I did half on one side, half on the other to please myself and my husband. Wink wink).
3. Laid the onions over the cheese(s)
4. Spread roasted baby eggplant slices over the onions
5. Topped this with some chopped up baby bella mushrooms because they were ready to expire
6. Place some sliced roma tomatoes from CSA box over the eggplant slices. Seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and hot pepper flakes
7. Sprinkled grated Parmesan over the top and light drizzle of olive oil
8. Baked 20 minutes at 425 or until the crust was golden
|Baby Thai Eggplant Pizza|
I overcame my fear of the Baby Thai Eggplant!
- Grill them after marinating in some soy sauce and fresh ginger
- Use in your favorite grilled veggie wrap, sandwich, or pannini with balsamic vinegar dressing
- And here's a quick and easy recipe which includes bok choy