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May 7, 2011 09:10 AM

I have tiny plum-sized eggplants. What to do with them?

I found these lovely little eggplants at Fairway, a bought about a dozen, but now I'm not sure what to do with them. Any ideas?

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  1. we grow them and eat them grilled whole with a little salt. nothing else.

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    1. re: magiesmom

      Mmmm. Grilled steak tonight, maybe we'll throw some on the barbie!

    2. I had some this week and made a fresh tomato and eggplant pasta sauce. I sliced the aubergines across, salted them for 20 minutes, rinsed off, sauteed cherry tomatoes in olive oil and garlic then added the eggplant and left it all to simmer down for two hours with seasoning. I like how the eggplant slices stayed intact instead of going mushy.

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      1. re: smartie

        After two hours? That's seems like a very long time for small eggplant!

        1. re: smartie

          I can't imagine needing to salt these tiny ones as this is done to remove any bitterness which these little ones just don't have. That sounds like a nice method for big ones, though.

          1. re: smartie

            I put them into a tomato sauce whole and later added meatballs of the same size. It was fun to eat.

          2. If you like Thai food, pad ma-kur (stirfried eggplant) is classic.

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            1. re: alanbarnes

              I love Thai food! I will have to search for a recipe!

            2. How about cutting in half top to bottom, Then capping with a stuffing of crumbs, herbs, parm and butter or olive oil, and baking them. I do artichoke hearts like this as an appetizer or a side dish.

              1. These sound like Indian Eggplants. They are great stuffed in the Maharashtrian style. Spicey with Coconut, Peanuts and Sesame.
                Here is a link to the recipe There are many variations if you look around the web.

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                1. re: chefj

                  They look like this, but maybe even a little smaller!