Eggplants are one of the favorite vegetables of the majority of Russian families who can hardly get bored. The only characteristic of eggplants is bitterness. But you can easily get rid of it by preparing eggplants correctly..
To do this, cut the blue ones and sprinkle them generously with salt. The fact is that all the bitterness is contained in the juice. Therefore, when, after 20-30 minutes, the salt draws out all the juice, rinse the vegetables in cold water..
After that you can cook them and not be afraid that there will be bitterness in the dish. We proceed to cooking, choosing your favorite recipes from the following.
|eggplant –||2 medium|
|vegetable oil –||1.5 tablespoons|
|Provencal herbs –||2.5 tsp|
|tomato paste –||1,5 glasses|
|Russian cheese (can be replaced with parmesan) –||300 g|
|Time for preparing: 50 minutes||Calories per 100 grams: 86 Kcal|
Consider how to cook eggplant, baked in the oven, in detail. By the way, when preparing this dish, you should not pre-process the blue ones. We cut them into thin circles: approximately 0.5-1 cm. We shift them to a plate and evenly spread a mixture of sunflower vegetable oil, salt, pepper and Provencal herbs on them. Leave the vegetables soaked; at this time, heat the oven to 200 ° C.
Oil the baking sheet, put blue ones on it and put in the oven for 15 minutes to soften the vegetables.
After that, prepare a baking sheet with sides, and lay out layers: blue, tomato paste, cheese, blue, tomato paste and cheese.
The dish is sent to the oven for 20 minutes until the appetizing golden crust of melted cheese appears..
Tomatoes, cheese and blue ones in the oven – aroma throughout the apartment
For 6 servings you will need:
- 2 medium eggplants;
- 3 oblong red tomatoes;
- 150-200 g of Russian cheese;
- 2 slices of young garlic;
- a pinch of salt and ground black pepper to taste.
How long does it take: 25 minutes.
Caloric content of a dish for 1 serving is 117 Kcal.
So, cook eggplant, baked with cheese and tomatoes in the oven. Prepare the blue ones, remove bitterness from them in a “salt” way. After that, cut them into dense circles 1-1.5 cm and put on a pre-greased baking sheet.
The trick of the “high aroma” is that between sliced tomato and eggplant must put pre-sliced garlic. Then a little grated cheese is distributed to set the resulting turret. Then the tomato is laid out and the cheese is laid out again. At the same time, black ground pepper can be added on two layers at once – on garlic and on the top layer of cheese, then the turrets will be more piquant. Also, when cooking this dish, you should not forget about the salinity of your chosen cheese.
The resulting turrets are sent for 20 minutes in preheated to 220 ° C. Black pepper will stir up vegetable layers, and garlic will add aroma and brightness of flavors..
Eggplant with minced meat – for the joy of her husband
For 6 servings you need:
- 2 large eggplants;
- 1 small tomato;
- 300 grams of minced meat (the best option is pork + beef);
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds;
- 2 onions;
- salt and seasoning to taste.
How long does it take: 1 hour 40 minutes.
Caloric content of a dish for 1 serving is 208 Kcal.
Preparing eggplant with minced meat baked in the oven is quite easy. Cut the blue ones into three equal parts, spread on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake until softened (10-15 minutes at 200 ° C).
Then we give the vegetables “rest”, at this time we are preparing the top layer. To do this, fry the minced meat with finely chopped onions, gradually adding to the frying tomatoes and black pepper, cut into strips. Over 5 minutes before full frying, we mix in evenly sunflower seeds.
Turn over soft layers of blue ones and spread the fried layer on top. Optionally, you can add a little grated cheese on top, but the ingredients are very well in harmony without this creamy support. Give the layers “marry” in the oven for 10 minutes. Fragrant and nourishing eggplants are ready!
Stuffed Eggplant with Chicken – for Weight Watchers
For 2 servings you need:
- 2 medium eggplants;
- 350 grams of minced chicken;
- 2 bulb bulbs;
- bunch of parsley or cilantro
- 100 grams of cheese of average salinity;
- salt to taste.
How much time to prepare food and bake eggplant in the oven: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Caloric content of a dish for 1 serving is 64 Kcal..
This option is perfect for people who are watching their figure: fragrant eggplants with the most delicate chicken meat in a creamy “cap” – ideal for a full meal.
Blue split in half – process from bitterness. To do this, immerse them in warm water and salt it thoroughly to extract the bitter juice. Then carefully cut out all the flesh, leaving empty “boats”. Cut pulp into miniature straws, mix with minced chicken, chopped onion and greens, salt to taste and put into boats.
Place the boats on parchment paper and sprinkle with cheese on top. Then heat the oven to 200 ° C and bake for an hour. Before serving, stuffed eggplant baked in the oven, you can additionally sprinkle with chopped dill or parsley.
One of the most original eggplant recipes. The simplicity of the dish is perfectly correlated with the flavor component. Many people refer this dish to the category of high cuisine, thanks to the original ingredients. Fans can add chili sauce – the sharpness of this dish will not spoil it..
A couple of servings will require:
- 2 ripe eggplants;
- 2 teaspoons of mirin;
- 5 teaspoons of cane sugar;
- 3 pinches of sesame;
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce;
- shallots for decoration.
How long does it take: 1 hour 15 minutes.
Caloric content of a dish for 1 serving is 167 Kcal..
For this extravagant dish, you need to cut the blue ones into slices, make small cuts on each layer and lubricate well with sesame oil. Next, bake the eggplant to a nice golden color..
Then prepare the caramel: mix soy sauce, mirin, sugar on a stewpan, after the mixture boils, wait for a nice cappuccino color. Give the sauce a little rest, then pour evenly blue layers and sprinkle them with sesame. And just before serving, you can decorate the eggplants with onions, and a plate with neat drops of chili sauce. And now – the gourmet dish is ready!
Culinary tricks when cooking eggplant
Despite all sorts of variety of recipes on the Internet, eggplants are prepared by no means all, because they are very easy to spoil. Not only is it necessary to get rid of bitterness when preparing for the preparation of the dish, but also tender eggplants love to draw all the oil into themselves and burn.
That is why this article introduces several tricks:
- Eggplants like to darken prematurely, so when using knives we recommend using ceramic knives or knives made of high-quality stainless steel;
- The bitterness of eggplants is capable of bringing out salt. Make cuts on blue ones and sprinkle them well with salt. After 60 minutes (if you are in a hurry, 20 minutes) “salting”, rinse the vegetables with cold water;
- Do you want to bake the blue little ones – do not forget to make the punctures, so that steam can come out of the bright vegetable.
These uncomplicated dishes have a chic and deep taste of fleshy eggplant combined with exquisite seasonings and pleasant additions. Little blue and now are the most common means of longevity, which can make any, even the most inexperienced hostess.