As a cooked vegetable, the texture of eggplant can be a hard sell for some. But with a little manipulation, it can be truly delicious, and even be put by for later enjoyment. Yes, you read that right: You will enjoy these four ways to prepare eggplant.
Pickled Eggplant Vinegar firms the texture of eggplant, making for a surprisingly delicious pickle -- especially when heightened by the refreshing kiss of mint. (Photo by Food in Jars)
Dried Eggplant Think of it as eggplant jerky. A salty-sweet umami-rich glaze turns strips of eggplant into something almost approximating bacon. Almost. (Photo by Local Kitchen)
Baba Ganoush Roasted until smoky and pureed, eggplant make this classic Middle Eastern dip, delicious with fresh, steaming hot pita bread. (Image via The Hungry Belgian)
Ajvar The savory flavor of eggplant and sweet red peppers are the backbone for this dip from the Balkans that's sure to please even the biggest eggplant hater. (Image via annier81)