While not Israeli in origin (chermoula is actually a Moroccan condiment), this dish speaks to the many culinary influences of Israel's North African and Middle Eastern neighbors. The sauce is wonderfully complex--bright, herbaceous, and spicy. Israel has a vegetable-centric cuisine (they are eaten at every meal); cooking vegetables over an open flame until deeply charred is a favorite cooking method.
Add bacon or prosciutto just before baking for a more savory meal.
7 of 16Becky Luigart-Stayner
Seafood Stuffed Eggplant
Fill eggplant halves with a flavorful blend of shrimp, vegetables, and fresh herbs for a seaside-inspired entrée. To save time, prepare the eggplant halves up to a day in advance and bake before serving. A simple way to enjoy a savory eggplant entree.
Most varieties of eggplant work beautifully in this stir-fry. A side of rice is a must.
9 of 16Hector Sanchez
Eggplant Parm Recipe New York City's Torrisi Italian Specialties uses only American ingredients in virtually all of its dishes. Its basil-rich eggplant parmesan, also delicious on a toasted roll, calls for Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs and SarVecchio parmesan from Wisconsin.
10 of 16Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Be sure to choose smaller eggplants; they'll be easier to slice and easier to handle on the grill.
11 of 16Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Eggplant and Onion Noodle Salad with Warm Soy-Rice Vinaigrette
Highlight eggplant's deep purple color with this beautiful Asian noodle salad. Bok choy, chopped onion, and green beans punch up the flavor, while a vinaigrette made from soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, and chile pepper ties the dish together.
Grilling is a quick, easy, and flavorful way to prepare eggplant. All you need is a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil; a sprinkle of dried oregano, salt, and pepper; and sliced provolone cheese.