Eggplant Gratin

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Eggplant is delicious. There’s no denying that.  Oddly enough this lovely deep purple mass from the ground is supremely satisfying and can be cooked in a variety of ways.   Sautéed, fried, baked, you name it.  Oh gosh…fried (I have an obsession of fried eggplant sandwiches…which I now realize requires a post of its very own.  They are so good.  Dare I say they are up there with heavenly?)

Moving on, I was just minding my own business, wandering around www.foodnetwork.com and stumbled upon the most gloriously comforting eggplant dish.  I kid you not.  It’s the kind of dish that you sink into after a long day at the office when you’re tired, worn down and really just need some cheering up.  The first bite says, “Oh hello there.  Welcome home.  You had a bad day didn’t you?  Shh….it’s going to be alright…” 

Alright, I can fully acknowledge that the eggplant is not climbing off your plate or bowl and whispering sweet nothings to you, but if it could it would.  Yes, I’m absolutely certain that its first concern if it could talk or move would be to comfort and soothe you; not rear up and slap you silly by the fact that you are devouring it.

But, if you are looking for a warm satisfying meal that also happens to be a great vegetarian option then look no further.   You can find the recipe here.

Note: I actually sliced the eggplant, brushed with olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and a little paprika.  I baked for about 10 minutes each side at 400 degrees.

As always eat healthy stay fit,

Elle

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