Last-Minute Grilled Eggplant

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So I’ve mentioned before that my friend DB and I have a standing date almost every Saturday to cook together. Sometimes we have a well-thought-out game plan of what we want to make and other times we fly by the seat of our pants. Both have the potential for failure or success.

The last time we got together, we succeeded fantastically. And even though we had a basic idea of what to make, one of the best things we prepared was almost an after thought. The menu was fairly simple, Korean-style grilled shortribs and some grilled zucchini. Which if you haven’t made these shortribs yet, you really need to do it now! They are so ridiculously good! Here’s a post with the how-to basics and a few recipe ideas. And here’s a picture for inspiration, of course!

But we needed something else to snack on so the wheels started turning. DB had brought over an eggplant so while he cooked it on the grill, I ran to the kitchen to see what else we could add to it.

I came back with some minced garlic, lemon juice and chopped parsley. Plus some olive oil, salt and pepper. We mashed the eggplant in a bowl and threw in some of the goodies and gave it a taste. It was pretty freaking delicious but it needed something else to take it over the top. We headed back to the kitchen where we found some toasted plain almonds to chop up for added crunch.

Then we took some slices of bread, piled the eggplant spread on top and gave them a dusting of smoked paprika. And that was it — the perfect snack for us to munch on while we enjoyed the last of the evening sun.

6 thoughts on “Last-Minute Grilled Eggplant

  1. I redid this the following week. It wasn’t quite as good, for some reason. One difference, I think, was that I had really spicy garlic and I used a ton. I love garlic, but this was a bit much for a little slice of bread. However, it made a perfect sauce for grilled pizza the following day!

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