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Grilled Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette

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Grilled Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette       Serves: 6-8

(Saveur Magazine)

This vinaigrette also goes very well with grilled zucchini


6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. salt-packed capers, soaked and drained
20 basil leaves
1 clove garlic
Kosher salt and freshly
ground black pepper, to taste
2 large eggplants, halved
lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼”-thick pieces

1. In a blender, purée 4 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, capers, basil, and garlic and season with salt and pepper; transfer vinaigrette to a small bowl and set aside.

2. Put eggplants on a baking sheet, brush both sides with remaining oil, and season with salt and pepper.

3. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.) Cook eggplant, flipping once, until slightly soft and browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer eggplant to a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette.

Savuer Magazine

Savuer Magazine


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