During the summer heat, most of our meals around here consist of some type of protein and some vegetable…on the grill. We have an AC in our house, but when its really hot, and that has been most of the time around here, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking indoors.
Luckily, I think most everything tastes amazing fresh off the grill so I’m not complaining.
The dilemma I’m usually faced with is what seasonings to use to make tonight's dinner different from last nights.
Fish is super easy when you grill it in foil! This was a pieces of wild Alaskan salmon with lemon, capers, and herbs.
But generally we just check out what meats/fish are on sale and go from there. However we just started a meat CSA share from Chestnut Farms which I’m psyched about and will let you know more as we work our way through our first month’s share.
I think Anthro is one of my favorite places to find awesome cookbooks. They don’t have many but they are all usually pretty good!
This book, The Gardner & The Grill is packed with recipes for the grill using all sorts of veggies, meats, fruits, and even sandwiches and flatbreads.
I’ve never been a huge eggplant fan, but I love it when it’s prepared so its cooked really well so it gets buttery and soft. Even better with a nice grill flavor.
Because of this, I make sure to prep my eggplant to remove the bitterness and extra moisture…Eggplant will suck up any liquid or oil like a sponge!
I don’t remember exactly where I got this tip, but this is what I do:
- slice eggplant in thin slices
- arrange on a baking sheet
- sprinkle both sides with a little salt
- cover with paper towels
- place another pan w/heavy object on top
- let sit for at least 30 min.
- Heat one side of your grill to medium/med-high
- brush the eggplant with olive oil
- Chop 2-3 large tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- handful of basil, rough chopped
- salt + pepper
- Grill eggplant slices over direct heat, and place pan of tomato mixture on indirect side.
- Cook eggplant for 4-5 min per side, or until soft and it has good grill marks (watch thin pieces as they will burn fast).
- Meanwhile stir tomatoes a couple times.
- Once eggplant is done, remove everything from heat and arrange eggplant on a platter.
- Top with tomatoes and crumbled fresh goat cheese.
This was fantastic! Even Brian who didn’t think he really liked eggplant, loved this as well. In fact I’ve been buying more and more eggplants lately and can’t wait to make this again.
This was super simple and would make a great side dish for a party or bbq.