I agree with the previous reviewer who said there are too many competing flavors. I love all the ingredients individually, but could not appreciate them in this dish. Mostly I tasted arugula with a bit of goat cheese. I suggest leaving the arugula out all together to simplify things.
Grilled Eggplant with Caramelized Onion and Fennel
Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 73
- Calories from fat: 30%
- Fat: 2.4g
- Saturated fat: 1.2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.8g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
- Protein: 3.2g
- Carbohydrate: 11.3g
- Fiber: 3.8g
- Cholesterol: 3mg
- Iron: 0.9mg
- Sodium: 122mg
- Calcium: 49mg
- 1 (1 1/4-pound) eggplant (about 4-inch diameter), peeled
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 2 3/4 cups chopped fennel bulb (about 1 large bulb)
- 2 cups finely chopped yellow onion
- 2 cups trimmed arugula
- 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon extravirgin olive oil
- 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- Prepare grill to medium heat.
- Cut eggplant crosswise into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Lightly coat both sides of eggplant slices with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 7 minutes on each side or until browned. Set eggplant slices aside.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fennel and onion; sauté 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned.
- Combine remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, arugula, vinegar, and oil in a medium bowl; toss gently to coat. Divide arugula mixture evenly among 8 appetizer plates; top each serving with 1 eggplant slice. Arrange about 1/3 cup fennel mixture on each eggplant slice; top with 2 tablespoons tomatoes and 1 tablespoon cheese. Sprinkle the chopped basil and thyme evenly over cheese.
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