Sunday, October 16, 2011

Marinated Eggplant (Aubergine)... Vegan MoFo Day 16.

Is Australia the only place in the world that calls an eggplant an eggplant? It's a pretty funny name. I suppose it is an egg shaped fruit on that plant. Aubergine just sounds so much more... sexy.
Let me know.

Makes one small jar.
Time: Ten minutes prep, thirty minutes cooking time.

  • Two eggplants, sliced into strips about 2 cm wide (a bit smaller than an inch) but keep the length as long as you can.
  • Enough olive oil to cover the eggplant when in the jar. Maybe half a cup.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • 2 Fresh garlic cloves.

Add the strips of eggplant to an oven tray and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over it. By a small amount, I mean about a tablespoon. Use your hands to get the oil to cover the eggplant. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Pop in an oven at 180C or 340F for about half an hour or until slightly browned.

Take the eggplant strips and garlic cloves and put them in a clean, sterilised jar. To sterilise a jar, pop it in a saucepan of boiling water for a few minutes and then drain. Be careful not to get any of the boiling water on you.

Cover the eggplant in the oil right to the top and seal the jar. Let sit for a minimum of a week to marinate. The longer you can leave it, the better.

Serve with crackers, in a salad or pasta. Delicious! And yeah, let me know what you call an eggplant. :) xx


  1. In the U.S. they are called eggplants. I sometimes call them aubergines just to be different. Really, I think most Americans think aubergine is just the name of a paint color (dark purple-brown) which was popular about 10 years ago. The marinated eggplant is a great idea! I'm going to try it with what's left in my garden.

  2. I was wondering what they were called in the US. When I was in the UK they were aubergines, zucchini's were courgettes and pumpkins were squash. It's so interesting what other countries all call the same fruits. I've just planted some eggplant, myself. It's such a tasty, tasty fruit. :)

  3. I agree, it's funny all the different names people have for fruit and veggies!

    This looks really good!

  4. In Germany they're also called 'Aubergine' and here in Italy Melanzana. ;)

    Your marinated 'Aubergine' sounds yummy!!!