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Iron Chef Challenge - Eggplant

My husband's office is having an Iron Chef competition and the theme ingredient is eggplant. Other then usual suspects (i.e., ratatouille, eggplant parm, stuffed eggplant) I'm drawing a blank on something creative and delicious. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I made this:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fo...

    It was wonderful. My husband doesn't like eggplant but he liked it this way. :)

    1. babaganoush. You will be in heaven. I truly hate eggplant, but I love babaganoush.

      1. I've made this - http://kitchengrooves.blogspot.com/20... - and it is surprisingly good. Not the prettiest meal to look at, but heaven on the tastebuds.

        I've also made lasagne with eggplant slices instead of lasagne sheets, and that was a huge hit too.

        EDIT: Another I've had at a restaurant and loved (can't remember the name) was eggplant (skins and a bit of flesh) stuffed with ricotta, covered with tomato sauce and then good cheese and baked. Melanzane, i think it was. Really good.

        1. Do you (does he) have access to a dehydrator? 'Eggplant bacon' is a delightful munch and would make a nice garnish.

          http://www.rawsimple.com/2009/05/ever...

          1. Caponata...A Sicilian sweet/savory dish.

            Here's a Mario Batali recipe:

            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ma...

            Here's another recipe that serves the caponata as a crostini, which I recommend. The eggplant does Not have to be salted and drained for an hour:

            http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/eg...

            A Jamie Oliver recipe which I recently: made:

            https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/v...

            If your husband has a chance to test different recipes of Any dish he's making I urge him to do so and choose the one he likes nest.

            Good Luck to him...!