I have fond memories of the eggplants that my grandmother would plant each summer. Although we plant tomatoes, cucumbers and flowers in our garden now, nobody in this house eats eggplant, so I've never tried growing it. Then, this past spring, I saw a plant in the garden center labeled "Mini-Eggplants." I figured I could handle that, so home it came with a dozen other plants whose produce we planned to actually eat.
The plant grew wonderfully, with rich vibrant green leaves on hardy stems. Then came the dainty purple-white flowers with a pretty yellow center. We watched as the eggplants began to grow from tiny colorless bumps to a magnificent deep purple pear shaped treasure, all the while wondering what to do with them when they ripen. Then I saw this recipe.
I have to say, there is nothing like grilled homegrown veggies. The eggplant was actually yummy! Together with grilled onion & pepper and three types of cheese, it made a perfect topping for this foccacia. This is definitely a recipe we plan to make over and over with our own homegrown veggies- if I can find mini-eggplants again next spring! Till then, store bought will have to suffice.
Happy printing and happy cooking!
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