With fresh mint sauce and feta cheese, this roasted eggplant is a flavorful hands-off dish to make for dinner tonight.
Oh hi! How’s your back-to-school preparing going? Between cooking 4 recipes per day for the meal plan (which comes out next month) (!!!) and trying to catch the tail end of summer, I sort of forgot that school starts in a week.
I finished the first year of my master’s program, which was basically all classes about food and the senses. And starting next week I’ll begin my thesis, which will involve, more or less, feeding pudding to people for 4 months. Things could be worse.
But nevertheless, things are going to get busy, which means we may or may not slowly decline into takeout-for-dinner oblivion. Do you get that problem around this time of year too? I’m hoping to fix it with the new meal plan, which is going to be all about easy vegetarian dinner recipes for us busy folk. But in case you can’t wait until it comes out, this roasted eggplant is a hands-off dinner solution that is seriously so tasty.
How to make roasted eggplant
We’ll cut the eggplant into a crosshatch and brush it with olive oil. When it roasts, this will make it cook quickly and evenly, making for some seriously tender eggplant. And then we top it with a quick mint sauce and feta cheese and mmmmm it’s the bees knees.
- 1 small eggplant
- 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
- ¼ cup feta cheese 30 g
- 2 Tbsp olive oil 30 mL
- 1 tsp lemon juice 5 mL
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Pinch each of salt and pepper
- Cut the eggplant in half, lengthwise. Score the eggplant, cutting slits into just the flesh (not the skin), making about 5 cuts diagonally across the eggplant. Make another set of cuts diagonally the other way to create a cross hatch pattern. Brush with 1 Tbsp olive oil and set on a baking tray. Bake at 400 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender.
- Meanwhile, combine 2 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, mint, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor until smooth,
- When eggplant has finished cooking, transfer to a serving plate. Top with mint sauce and crumbled feta cheese.
I first published this recipe on Amanda’s Cookin’.