Eggplant has to be one of my favorite vegetables. Whether it’s fried, grilled, or baked, it always makes a meal hearty and comforting. I mostly use the larger common variety as they are nice and fleshy and great to stuff, layer, and fry.
These are some of my favourite go-to eggplant recipes, which are all vegan and gluten free. The Rolled Eggplant with Cannellini bean Pine nut Filling is nice to serve as an entree for a small dinner party and is sure to wow. My Eggplant Parmigiana is a one-pot casserole, which is great to feed a crowd. The Eggplant Katsu with Japanese Curry is a twist on a Japanese classic and a great midweek meal.
Another one of my favourite eggplant recipe which isn’t my own, but I love to serve at all our events is Roasted aubergine with sumac and tahini dressing. It’s one of those dishes that everyone wants the recipe for and easy to prepare in advance.
Rolled Eggplant with Cannellini bean Pine nut Filling
(vegan, gluten free, soy free)
Ingredients for Eggplant
1 medium eggplant
store bought/homemade tomato (pasta) sauce
Ingredients for Cannellini bean Pine nut Filling:
1 can cannellini beans
1/2 cup pine nuts (soaked/boil 10 minutes)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
sea salt to taste
20 basil leaves
1. To make the filling place all the ingredients for the filling, except the basil, in the processor. Blend until the nuts and beans break down and it becomes a puree.
2. Place the basil leaves in the process and blend so that they are finely cut but still a little chunky.
3. Slice the eggplant into thin strips (at least 12 with no skin on either side) and sprinkle generously with salt. Leave for 10 minutes, to remove the bitterness, then remove the salt and moist with a paper towel.
4. Heat a griddle pan on medium to high heat and brush with olive oil. Coat the eggplant with olive oil and cook on both sides (3 minutes per slice). While cooking add more olive oil if the eggplant dries out. Place the eggplant in a warm place so that it doesn’t get cold while you cook all the slices.
5. Place the filling in the centre of the eggplant and then roll.
(vegan, gluten free, nut free)
1 large eggplant, thinly sliced into circles or half-moons
1/2 cup arrowroot flour or gluten plain free flour
3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk or other plant milk
1 cup corn crumbs or other gluten free bread crumbs
olive oil or canola oil to fry
1.5 jars x 500g tomato pasta sauce
2 cups vegan mozzarella (I used Notzarella)
1/3 cup oregano leaves
salt & pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven 200 degrees.
2. Sprinkle salt on the eggplant slices and wait 10 mins to get the bitterness out. Then wipe off the salt and moisture that comes out.
3. Coat the slices of eggplant in flour and shake of any extra flour. Then dip into soy milk, shake off the excess. Then dip into corn crumbs. Continue until all the eggplant is coated.
4. Heat a large pan (I prefer to use a wok) and heat oil. Then shallow fry eggplants pieces, until golden brown. Leave them on paper towel to draw out any excess oil.
5. Take an oven prove dish, then place some pasta sauce on the bottom. Then add a layer of eggplant, sprinkle sea salt & black pepper, then a layer of Notzarella and some oregano leaves. Continue to do another 3-4 layers, until all the ingredients have been use.
6. Cook in the oven covered with aluminum foil for 20 mins.
7. Uncover and cook for a further 10mins or until the vegan mozzarella has browned a little. I had to cook mine for a further 10 mins as the Notzarella took time to melt.
Eggplant Katsu with Japanese Curry
(vegan, gluten free option, nut free)
Ingredients for Curry:
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
4 carrots, cut into ½-inch-thick half moons (about 2 cups)
2.5 tablespoons curry powder
2 teaspoons garam marsala
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups vegan beef liquid stock
4 creamy golden/yukon potatoes, peeled & cubed (about 2.5 cups)
1 small green apple, peeled & grated (about 1/2 cup)
3 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon white miso paste
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup broad beans or edamame (fresh or frozen)
Ingredients for Eggplant Katsu:
1 medium eggplant, washed & peeled
1/2 cup unsweetended soy milk or other plant milk
panko crumbs or gluten free bread crumbs
1. In a large heavy based pot, heat canola oil over medium heat. Then add onions and sauté for 7 to 9 minutes, or until
lightly to brown.
2. Add carrots, and sauté for a further 5 minutes. Add a little bit of water if the pot gets too dry.
3. Add curry powder, garam marsala and garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add a little water if the spices stick to the bottom of the pot.
4. Add vegan beef stock, potatoes, apple, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and miso. Stir through.
5. Bring to the boil bring, then place on medium-low heat to simmer with the pot slightly covered. Cook 30 minutes or up to an 1 hour if you have time. The potatoes need to be cooked through.
6. In the meantime, prepare the eggplant. Cut the top and bottom of the eggplant so that it can stand up. Then slice the eggplants into 6-8 fillets.
7. Sprinkle table salt on the eggplant, to allow the bitterness and moisture to come out. Leave for 10 mins.
8. While you are waiting for the eggplant boil the broad beans then rinse with cold water, peel and set to the side.
9. Wipe the salt & moister from the eggplants fillets, then batter with tapioca flour, sprinkle with seasalt, dip in soy milk then batter in panko crumbs.
10. Fry the eggplant fillets in canola oil, then leave on a paper towel to drain the oil.
11. By now the curry should be ready, so add the broad beans and heated through.
12. Slice the eggplant fillets.
13. Serve Japanese Curry topped with the Eggplant Katsu and with Steamed Rice.