Grilled Eggplant Stacks

I’ve been seeing eggplant recipes absolutely everywhere recently. Or it seems like it at least. All of the eggplant recipe viewing got me majorly craving something eggplant-related, but I didn’t want to fry it and I wanted it to be simple. So, when I saw Eggplant Stacks on Food Blogga’s blog (a fellow New Englander in case you couldn’t tell by the missing “r”), I made them right away.

Easy! Fresh! Healthy! Delicious! If you can say all those things about a recipe, I immediately want it. Not to mention, I ate one of these stacks and was completely full and satisfied.

What you need for Eggplant Stacks (2 servings):

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 T olive oil for brushing eggplant
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, cut into rounds
  • 1 small bunch of basil
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into rounds
  • Salt and pepper

Dressing for Eggplant Stacks:

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

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I ALWAYS forget how much I love eggplant until I eat it. It’s such a pretty vegetable too (or is it a fruit? Yes, I think it’s actually a fruit).

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Oh, I forgot to mention I don’t have a grill. One of the few things that I don’t love about apartment city living. However, I do have a huge George Foreman that my Uncle Bob gave me and that I don’t use nearly enough.

So, I brushed some olive oil on the eggplant rounds and generously sprinkled them with salt and pepper. I put four on the grill at once.

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With the grill on medium-high, I shut the top and let the eggplant grill for about 7 minutes. In the meantime, I made the dressing, which just consisted of putting all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing.

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My eggplant looked perfectly grilled so I turned the grill off and began building my stacks. I placed one eggplant round on a plate.

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Then I layered it with a round of mozzarella, a tomato, and a nice big piece of basil (I LOVE basil). My tomatoes were not of the large beefsteak variety (hey, I deal with what Trader Joe’s gives me), but they still worked just fine.

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Then I repeated the above step and put an extra piece of eggplant on top.

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And drizzled some dressing on top.

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Now my eggplant obsession is even stronger! Now I’m craving it even more! This is such a delightfully simple and fairly healthy dish that seriously made my night. The hardest part about it is cleaning the George Foreman when you’re done. I hate cleaning those things!

Now I really need to seek out those Fairytale Mini Eggplant Chels was talking about last year. What’s your favorite eggplant dish?

Oh, and today’s my amazing mom’s birthday, so happy birthday, Mom!! <3

[Sues]

16 Responses to "Grilled Eggplant Stacks"

  1. Rose says:

    So beautiful – and fun! I really wish I liked eggplant because it always looks so delicious.

  2. Julie Q says:

    I’ve always wondered what to do with eggplant besides fry them 🙂

  3. Looks awesome and so tasty! I’ve made something similar before and it turned out great.

    I love this Eggplant Rollatini dish at this hole-in-the-wall Italian place in Somerville. It’s thin slices of eggplant stuffed with spinach, roasted red peppers and mozarella cheese. Delish!

  4. Sues says:

    Oooh, that sounds absolutely amazing!! Do you know what the place is called? I might have to stop by!

  5. Shannon says:

    i’m so glad i like eggplant now! this looks great 🙂 hmm, my favorite eggplant dish? not sure, i guess that means i need to keep making them until one sticks!

  6. Yuuuuum! It’s a caprese stack with a twist!

  7. Ace says:

    Hey girls, thanks so much for the comment, it was really sweet of you. If you’re ever free I would love to grab a drink. I know it’s like the friendship equivalent of internet dating, but none the less I could use some cool wine/food loving chicks to hang out with. Let me know if you’d want to!

  8. Sara says:

    Nice olive oil!

  9. I just bought a beautiful eggplant tonight. I was trying to figure out what to make. thanks

  10. Judster says:

    That Uncle Bob of yours sure must be special!
    I know a man in Andover, MA who just might have some great beefsteak tomatoes for you, that is, if the woodchucks haven’t gotten to them first1
    The stacks sound delish…….
    Happy B-day, Amazing MOM!!!!!!

  11. Sues says:

    LOVE the olive oil!! 🙂

  12. Ben says:

    It doesn’t matter how I cook eggplant, J never seems to like it 🙁 More for me, right? I gotta try these stacks.

  13. Karine says:

    This looks to be a great way to enjoy eggplants! thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. Katie says:

    this looks soo delicious sues!!! (and i don’t even eat tomatoes but i think i would here!)

  15. Jessica says:

    I had something recently at a wedding, they added grilled yellow peppers and pancetta… a great way to mix it up and make it super delish for a special occassion.

  16. Julie Folan says:

    omg I make these every summer! But the recipe I found out of Real Simple had grilled sweet yellow pepper, and a thin slice of prosciotto incorporated into the stack as well. SOOOO GOOD!

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