Photo: James Baigrie
Prep Time
30 Mins
Makes 8 first-course or 4 main-course servings

For an elegant alfresco dinner that’s still easy on the prep time, make a main dish featuring grilled eggplant topped with melted provolone cheese. Top with grilled salsa and pair with a small green salad for a pleasing summer dinner in about 30 minutes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, and oregano and brush on the cut sides of the eggplants. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat a gas grill to high; adjust the heat to medium after 15 minutes. (If cooking over charcoal, allow the coals to burn until they are covered with gray ash.) Grill the eggplants cut-side down until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip the eggplants and top each half with a slice of provolone. Grill 3 minutes more or until the cheese is bubbly. Top with some Grilled Salsa.

Step 2

Rainy-Day Method: Prepare the eggplants as described above. Heat the broiler and cook the eggplants about 6 inches from the heat, cut-side down, for 5 minutes. Turn and broil cut-side up for about 3 minutes. Add the provolone and broil about 3 minutes more.

Ratings & Reviews

tmsjenkins's Review

January 01, 2014

JessicaNat's Review

May 19, 2013

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May 09, 2013

greyout's Review

January 13, 2013

acmeinecke's Review

June 11, 2012
So i just watched the documentary "Forks Over Knives" and much to my husband's dismay, I've decided to start incorporating more vegetable based dishes in our diet. This was my first attempt at such a dish and I may have really set the bar high. This recipe was amazing - the best part though was the salsa. I'm not sure this would be nearly as good without the homemade, grill-fired salsa. I did not deviate from the recipe - it is excellent just as it is.

pkweller's Review

July 28, 2011
really amazing dish. I added some garlic and red pepper flakes to the oil and balsamic and then I topped them with goat cheese under the provolone and that really kicked up the dish and gave it a nice texture creaminess.

CAgirlinIA's Review

July 24, 2010
This was very easy and very good. Unfortunately I didn't have time to make the grilled salsa but am definitely going to try that next time. Think it would also be good with a little grated parmesan on top of the provolone.

canderson444's Review

March 28, 2010
made it with regular sized eggplant- very filling!