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Butterflied Roasted Eggplant Salad

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“Delicious and different. Doesn't take as much time as it looks at first glance. (I don't strain the herb oil at the end, for instance. Just spoon it on--it looks beautiful). From the L.A. Times.”
READY IN:
2hrs 20mins
SERVES:
4
YIELD:
1 eggplant
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the garlic and oil and cook over low heat until the garlic turns a faint golden color, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, strain and discard the garlic cloves. This makes about 1 cup garlic-infused oil, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The oil will keep for up to 2 days, refrigerated.
  2. Blanch the herbs in a pot of boiling water until brightly colored, about 20 seconds. Drain and dry thoroughly. Place the herbs in a blender and pulse to chop, then add the olive oil and pulse to combine. Set aside for about 2 hours to steep, then strain through a fine-mesh strainer. This makes about 3/4 cup aromatic oil, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe. The oil will keep for 2 days, refrigerated.
  3. Roast the eggplant on a grill or stovetop burner until charred on all sides and the interior is very soft, 6 to 8 minutes depending on the heat.
  4. Holding the stem in place, butterfly the eggplant so it opens almost like a panel, with the flesh totally exposed. Score the flesh crosswise.
  5. Drizzle over a little garlic olive oil, the salt, tomato, feta and thyme. Garnish the eggplant with parsley and a drizzle of aromatic olive oil. Serve immediately.

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