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!