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19 Recipes Where Eggplant and Tomatoes are BFFs

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Are there any two pieces of summer produce that are closer companions than tomatoes and eggplants?*

The inseparable pair reminds me of the main characters in Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad series. Eggplant would, of course, be Frog: tall and lanky, yet bulbous in all the right places. And tomato would be Toad: squat and rotund, and, as the Wikipedia page says, "just as caring and friendly as Frog, [but] also the more serious and uptight of the duo." (That's right: Don't squeeze your tomatoes.)

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Down & Dirty: Eggplant

Down & Dirty: Eggplant by Nozlee Samadzadeh

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Down & Dirty: Tomatoes

Down & Dirty: Tomatoes by Nozlee Samadzadeh

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Why do the two work so well together? The sweet, juicy tomatoes balance the slightly-bitter, sometimes-spongy, sometimes-silky eggplant, with the two tag-teaming in pastas, curries, stews, spreads, and casseroles.

We're celebrating summer's bestest friends in nineteen recipes where the BFFs shine. We will start, of course, with eggplant Parmesan.

* Well, besides tomato and corn, tomato and basil, tomato and nectarines... Tomatoes are popular dudes!

Eggplant Parmesans

A Parmigiana di Melanzane that you'd find in Sicily, this one's made with real-deal fried eggplant. Layer the silky, golden-brown slices with a simple sauce made from tomato purée, grated Parmesan, and tons of fresh basil (but skip the mozzarella).

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Parmigiana di Melanzane (Eggplant Parmigiana)
Parmigiana di Melanzane (Eggplant Parmigiana)

If you're wary to fry, try any of these three recipes, where the eggplant gets baked before it's layered with tomato sauce. You could also grill it! (In Giulia Melucci's recipe, the casserole is scattered with a breadcrumb-walnut topping for extra crunchy crispness.)

My Mother's Eggplant Parmigiana
My Mother's Eggplant Parmigiana
Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan by Nancy Jo

Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan by Alexandra Stafford

Eggplant Tomato Pastas

Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)
Pasta alla Norma (Eggplant and Tomato Pasta)
Spicy Eggplant Pasta
Spicy Eggplant Pasta
Spaghetti alla Sylvia Thompson
Spaghetti alla Sylvia Thompson
Eggplant Baked Pasta (Riggidanella)
Eggplant Baked Pasta (Riggidanella)
Vegetarian Lasagna
Vegetarian Lasagna
Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables
Vegan Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables

stews, roll-ups, bakes, and spreads

Hemy's Israeli Eggplant
Hemy's Israeli Eggplant
Tuscan Summer Vegetable Stew (Gurguglione di Elba)
Tuscan Summer Vegetable Stew (Gurguglione di Elba)
Purnima Garg's Eggplant and Tomato Curry
Purnima Garg's Eggplant and Tomato Curry
Ricotta-Stuffed Grilled Eggplant with Grilled Tomato Sauce
Ricotta-Stuffed Grilled Eggplant with Grilled Tomato Sauce
Bhartha (Spicy Indian Eggplant)
Bhartha (Spicy Indian Eggplant)
Silky Sweet & Sour Eggplant Caponata
Silky Sweet & Sour Eggplant Caponata
(Almost) Spiceless Eggplant Bharta
(Almost) Spiceless Eggplant Bharta
Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce

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

Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Pomegranate Molasses

Eggplant and Tomato Stew with Pomegranate Molasses by Louisa Shafia

What's your favorite way to combine eggplant and tomatoes? Tell us in the comments below!