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14 Reasons Eggplants Are Our Favorite Nightshades

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While not quite as divisive as cilantro, eggplant tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it vegetable. But those who love it know just how magic eggplant can be: It takes on any shape you want it to—grilled as rounds, creamy and melting as a dip, chopped and saucy in pasta—and whether you plan to put it in a curry, a casserole, or a pita, it'll turn out just right. Here's are 14 recipes to get you started:

Grilled Eggplant Agrodolce with Mint and Fresno Pepper by Sarah | strawberryplum

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Agrodolce

 

Spicy Eggplant Pasta by Gena Hamshaw

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Pasta

 

Escalivada (Catalan Roasted Vegetables) by Marian Bull

Roasted

 More: You've got the eggplant. Here's how to prep it.

 

Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce by Genius Recipes

Polenta

 

Fish Sauce-Simmered Eggplant (Nasu No Kaiyaki) by Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Japanese

 

Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta) by Emiko

Pasta alla Norma

 

Bhartha (Spicy Indian Eggplant) by Kendra Vaculin

Bhartha

 More: Can't decide where to start? Our team weighs in on their all-time favorite eggplant recipes.

 

Egg and Eggplant Sandwich by fiveandspice

Sandwich

 

Roasted Eggplant with Cilantro-Almond Salsa by CarolineWright

Roasted

 

Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables by Gena Hamshaw

Lasagna

 

Barbara Kafka's Marinated Eggplant by Genius Recipes

Marinated

 

Purnima Garg's Eggplant and Tomato Curry by luvcookbooks

Curry

 

Zhajiang Noodles with Eggplant by Madame Huang

Noodles

 

Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Pomegranate Molasses by Louisa Shafia

Pomegranate

Are you pro-eggplant, or do you steer clear? What your favorite way to eat them? 

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