Miso, garlic, and crushed red pepper give this dish an intense flavor. Serve this as an appetizer or side.
1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
3 tablespoons yellow miso (soybean paste)
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 Japanese eggplants, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
How to Make It
Combine first 6 ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Arrange eggplant slices on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Spread mirin mixture evenly over the eggplant slices, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Broil 8 minutes or until topping is golden. Place eggplant slices on a platter, and sprinkle with onions.
Only because it really burned despite trying the low-broil for 6 minutes and then high broil. It burned after 30 seconds on high broil. Despite this, it tasted great! Hate to have wasted these, though.
We changed the cooking method, but used the glaze. I cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, brushed on the glaze and cooked on a Webber grill. We actually cooked it with indirect heat because we were cooking pork chops that way, but I think it would work with direct heat as well. We cooked about 8 minutes without turning. They were fantastic.
If I were rating on flavor alone I would give this 5 stars. However, the glaze started to burn under the broiler after only a few minutes. I will definitely make this again as it is one of the most delicious eggplant recipes I have found, but I will either try baking it instead of broiling or move the oven rack to a lower position to broil. I served this with CL potato crusted double horseradish salmon and brown rice.
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