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Grilled Eggplant Salad in Coconut Milk (Finadene Birenghenas)

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“Adapted from Leblon Finatinas para Guam [Guam Cookbook]. I have also enjoyed this recipe served HOT - while your grilling the eggplant just heat up the sauce for a different twist! Serve as main dish, or a side with rice. (Serve with Red Rice and Finadene for a real Guam fiesta experience.)”

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  1. Pre-heat grill.
  2. With a sharp knife, pierce skin of each eggplant in 4-5 places to prevent the eggplants from bursting while on the grill. Lightly coat each eggplant with olive oil.
  3. Place eggplants over high heat to char, and cook until eggplant is completely soft, with no spongy areas (spongy = still not cooked through). Time will depend on the size of the vegetables. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to handle.
  4. Holding the stem end, remove peel by pulling downwards — peel should come away easily, leaving the vegetable flesh intact. Once eggplants are peeled, they can be refrigerated 3-4 days for later use.
  5. Combine onions, coconut milk, lemon, salt, and peppers. Taste coconut milk mixture and correct for salt, if necessary — it sould be lemony and slightly sweet. Allow to sit for 30 minutes while you prepare eggplants.
  6. Cut peeled eggplants crosswise into bite-size chunks. Add eggplants and gently combine to distribute flavors. Garnish with green onion rings.

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