Friday, July 29, 2011

Grilled Eggplant Crostini & A Recipe Remix


I bought an eggplant for 64 cents the other day and didn't know what I wanted to do with it. I had a large baguette sitting in my freezer that I got for $1.15, I also happened to have plump tomatoes on the vine. I didn't want to fry the eggplant since I'm in a constant struggle to lose weight, so I decided little crostinis would be fabulous! This recipe is so simple but incredibly tasty and pretty healthy as well, minus the carbs of course.


Grilled Eggplant Crostini
     serves 1, double to make more!
  • 3 slices of baguette, cut on a diagonal
  • 3 pieces thinly sliced eggplant
  • 2 thin slices of tomato
  • shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese to top it off, optional
  • balsamic glaze, optional
  • dried basil, S&P to taste
Preheat your grill pan (or skillet, if you don't have one) to medium-high. Drizzle half of the bread and eggplant with olive oil and cook until the bread is crisp and the eggplant has grill marks. Flip and cook the other side, it literally takes minutes. While you're waiting on the bread and eggplant slice your tomatoes and season them with dried basil, salt, and pepper. Assemble the crostinis, eggplant first followed by the tomatoes and then cheese. Zap in the microwave for about 30 seconds for the cheese to melt. Drizzle with a balsamic glaze for extra sweetness and tang!



 To remix this the next day, swap out the cheese for a scrambled egg and try grilling the tomatoes to make this a nice warm breakfast!




Looks like a hot mess, literally, but it's so tasty and filling ^_^ You can even remix the bread for dessert! Take a couple pieces of bread, grill them up, then smear them with Nutella and sliced strawberries. To make it even fancier, try adding a few pieces of fresh basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.  Enjoy!

14 comments:

Jessica @ cajunlicious said...

You had me at grilled eggplant! Looks absolutely delish!!!

Elena said...

Yum! This looks very, very tasty. :)

Elysse said...

That looks so good! It doesn't seem too difficult to make...I'll have to try it sometime. Thanks!

Raquelita said...

It looks so yummy!  I wish my husband liked eggplant - it seems like a lot to make for just me to eat.  

Jackie said...

These look really good. I honestly have never tried eggplant. I have challenged myself to try something new each week. I will have to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

I could eat just this as a meal and be totally happy!  Adding the egg is a great idea.

Joanne said...

I've been loving crostini lately!  They're my new sandwich of choice.  These eggplant ones look like the perfect diet-friendly dinner!

Healthy & Homemade said...

I wish I had more eggplant to make this! It's so yummers.

Healthy & Homemade said...

It was! It's amazing how many crostini combinations you can make with so few ingredients =)

Healthy & Homemade said...

It would be great with almost any squash I'm sure. The combination of charred bread, firm eggplant, and cold sweet tomatoes is amazing =)

Healthy & Homemade said...

The eggplant will keep in the fridge for a couple days after you slice it up, and you could eat pounds of eggplant! I say make it for yourself one day, it's amazing.

Healthy & Homemade said...

Eggplant has a very mild flavor and is spongy, so it will absorb the flavors you're cooking with! Try making it in place of beef in a lasagna or pasta dish. You can always try making baked eggplant parmesan as well! Since it's so spongy, if you're going to fry it make sure the oil is really hot or it will absorb the oil and become really fatty =P

Healthy & Homemade said...

It was the best! Now I'm craving baked eggplant parm =P

Healthy & Homemade said...

I love making crostini. It's kind of a fancy but lazy sandwich. Hooray.