Baked Baby Eggplant

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I love the small Italian eggplant now in the market.

Here’s a quick recipe that explodes with flavor. Just cut the eggplants in half and bake them in the oven topped with crushed  San Marzano tomatoes and grated pecorino. The eggplant are soft and sweet and the grated cheese forms a crispy top.

As the eggplant cools many don’t make it off the top of the stove. Pilferers grab one to make sure they turned out well. I always have to make extra so I have enough for an antipasti platter or as a side for meat that I’m serving that day. You can keep leftovers in the fridge for a couple of days.

I like the baby eggplant hot out of the oven but I like them better at room temperature.

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UPDATE (2/15/14): This blog post was so popular, I decided to show you how to do it. Check out the video above!


13 Replies to “Baked Baby Eggplant”

  1. Hello Gianni:

    Thank you very much for all your delicious recipes. This season we are growing small Italian eggplants and this recipe sounds perfecto!!!!! Ciao Elaine

    1. Hello….I love your recipes. They are exactly the way we cook in bell unto northern Italy. I have made the baby eggplant twice Nd love them especially cold

    1. Ciao Carolee. Thanks for letting me know. Sprinkle the oregano on top of the tomato sauce before you sprinkle the grated cheese. I edited the recipe. Buon appetito!


  2. Gianni, this simple dish is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten at your table. Thanks for the recipe!

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