If you’ve ever come across those cute baby eggplants at the grocery store or farmer’s market and wondered what to do with them, this Mini Eggplant Recipe is for you. With just a skillet and a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a delicious veggie side dish that will leave you craving more. Let’s dive in and explore why you’ll love this recipe and how to make it step-by-step.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Don’t you just love those baby eggplants? They may be small, but they pack a punch of flavor. If you’ve been hesitant to try them, it’s time to give them a chance. This recipe is quick, easy, and versatile. Here are a few reasons why you’ll fall in love with it:
- Quick & Easy: These tiny eggplants are pan-fried in a little olive oil, making them a breeze to cook.
- Versatile: This dish pairs well with chicken, steak, pasta, or fish. But it’s also great as a main dish when served with Greek yogurt, tomato sauce, or tossed with hot pasta.
- Amazing Flavor: If you’ve never had eggplant before, you’re in for a treat. It has a wonderful flavor that shines through in this recipe.
- Healthy: Eggplants are low in calories and rich in fiber, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients.
Ingredients You’ll Need
To make this Mini Eggplant Recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Eggplants: Get any mini eggplants or regular eggplants you can find.
- Red Onion: Adds a touch of sweetness to the dish.
- Anaheim Chili: Adds flavor without the heat.
- Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil works best.
- Greek Yogurt: Optional, for serving.
- Pinenuts: Lightly toasted to sprinkle over the top.
- Thyme & Italian Parsley: Fresh herbs that elevate the dish.
- Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds brightness.
For the full recipe and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
- Prepare the Eggplants: Wash and dry the eggplants, then make half-inch slices and place them in a large bowl.
- Add Flavor: Add the onion slices, fresh herbs, seasonings, olive oil, and sliced chili to the bowl. Let it sit for about ten minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
- Cook the Eggplants: Heat a large non-stick skillet with a little olive oil. Add some of the eggplant mixture in batches, turning them once or twice while cooking until they turn golden brown.
- Serve and Enjoy: Once cooked, serve the golden and delicious eggplants. For an extra burst of flavor, squeeze fresh lemon juice over them and sprinkle with chopped Italian parsley and toasted pine nuts.
Tips and Possible Variations
To ensure the best results, here are a few tips and variations to consider:
- Let the eggplants sit undisturbed in the skillet on medium-high heat for several minutes until you get that light brown char.
- Make sure the vegetables are flat in the pan and not crowded to allow them to caramelize properly.
- This side dish is just as good at room temperature as it is hot from the skillet.
This Mini Eggplant Recipe pairs perfectly with various main dishes. Here are a few serving ideas to inspire you:
- Serve it alongside Pan Seared Chicken Thighs, Tin Foil Chicken, or Costco Stuffed Salmon.
- Pair it with other side dishes like Marinated Grilled Asparagus and a fabulous Kale Salad.
- For a complete meal, serve it with cheesy stuffed garlic bread.
Be creative and explore different combinations that suit your taste and preferences.
More Recipes to Try
If you’re looking for more delicious recipes, give these a try:
- Mini Blueberry Pies: Delightful and easy to make!
- Jam Pies: Cute and fun to eat!
- Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies: Perfect for kids and parties!
- Skillet Taco Bake: An easy and flavorful dinner!
- Chicken Sausage and Vegetable Skillet: A one-dish wonder!
- Tin Foil Baked Chicken and Vegetables: A wonderful and easy dinner!
- Low Carb Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe: Healthy and delicious!
- Teriyaki Chicken Skewers Recipe: Easy and absolutely delicious!
We hope you enjoy this Mini Eggplant Recipe and explore more tasty dishes from Studio Delicious. If you try it out, don’t forget to rate the recipe 5 stars and let us know how you liked it in the comments below!
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