As we launch into Autumn, every sunny day is precious. While the sun shines, marinate some eggplant and toss it on the grill for a smoky lunch with some BBQ’d onions, hot lentils and a salad.
Marinated Eggplants – for the BBQ or Indoor Grill
Take a medium eggplant or two, depending on the number of people that you are cooking for. Slice or cut it into large thick cubes.
Place in a bowl and drizzle with good amounts of olive oil. Grate some lemon rind over the pieces, and squeeze a good amount of lemon juice onto the eggplant. Scatter with fresh rosemary needles, some thyme and/or marjoram. Alternatively, crush some home dried rosemary, thyme and/or marjoram over the eggplant pieces. Finely chop or mince garlic cloves and also scatter over the pieces.
Light your BBQ grill. When it is ready, place the pieces onto the grill and cook. Let the edges singe – the smokiness is attractive to eggplant.
Remove from the heat when cooked, and serve.
If you have a covered BBQ, you can leave the pieces in a heat proof dish with the marinade and cook that way.