Simply Roasted Eggplant

Aren’t all of those eggplant beautiful?  Yes, that’s six different varieties of heirloom eggplants you’re looking at above!  Until recently, I had no idea that the veggie dressed itself in any other color than purple.  Once I discovered that eggplant looks mighty fine in more than just one shade, I hired an eclectic group of them to model for my dinner the very next night.

I must say, I’ve got to give it to my CSA because they really hooked me.  We’ve been swimming in summer produce over at the farm, so after work, I always take my usual grocery trip, cruising through the outdoor aisles of my farm.  Recently, we’ve been harvesting an overload of eggplant, so of course, curious to try them all, I selected one of nearly every type.

It wasn’t even until recently that I even liked eggplant.  Sure, I would’ve found all the different colors interesting, but it wouldn’t be something that’d make me want to fire up the oven on a 90-degree day.  However, after this veggie recipe I created the other week, I’ve had a continuous craving for roasted eggplant.  Seems as though my A/C might have to work a bit harder these next couple of weeks.

Feeling like a kid in a candy store, I wanted to try all the eggplant I took home.  So naturally that’s what I did.  I sliced them up and baked them all in one batch, tasting each of

the six varieties, and probably consuming 3 or 4 whole eggplant by myself just in one evening. It was truly eggplant heaven.

I decided on a simple roast because I wanted to see if I could detect the subtleties that lay between the different varieties.  There were definitely nuances in flavor, but you’d never be able to tell if you had each on its own.  The white variety was the most distinguishable, as it contained the highest sweetness of them all, and also seemed as though it might’ve turned out a bit softer.  Each variety was certainly delicious, and the colors were beautiful to work with nonetheless.

Standard eggplant can certainly be substituted in the recipe below.  Whether you have a variety of types or not, sometimes simple is the way to go with veggies.  This one really lets the caramelized flavor of the garlic shine, alongside the melty consistency of the eggplant.  Eat as is, or serve warm on a quality slice of bread.

Simply Roasted Eggplant


  • -3-4 medium eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • -1 small head of garlic, cloves peeled
  • -2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • -1 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped
  • -Salt and pepper, pinch
  • Preheat oven 500F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with oil.


  1. Lightly brush each side of the eggplant rounds with oil. Chop each garlic clove into 2-3 pieces, depending upon the size of the cloves. Press garlic pieces into the flesh of the eggplant slices, so that the garlic is mostly embedded into the eggplant.
  2. Place in oven, and bake 15-20 minutes, until eggplant are tender and beginning to brown. Remove from oven, and immediately sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Scatter fresh basil on top, and serve.

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    August 16, 2011 at 6:39 am

    YUmsters!! we call them Aubergine here in the UK! I had seen a couple of white and purple varieties on holiday in Italy, but I never knew there were this many! =) Your photos are also beautiful!

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    The Candid RD
    August 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Minus the garlic, this sounds wonderful! I didn’t always think I could eat eggplant, but lately I’ve been slipping it into my diet just to test my body and see if I get bloated…so far, so good!! I am such a huge eggplant fan. Like you, I’ve never seen it in any other color….or at least I hadn’t before. They are so pretty!!

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    August 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

    gorgeous! i love all the different colors, particularly the little orange ones.

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    August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Wow…loving the eggplant pictures, they look amazing, also the dish sounds nice 🙂

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    Weighting For 50@weightingfor50
    August 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    These photos are making me hungry!!! Love all the colors. I’ve never seen a red eggplant before. MUST check out a farmers market soon and see what I can find! all the best.

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    Nicole, RD
    August 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I have about 11 eggplant that are just getting to the point that they’re ready to pick…can’t wait to make this!

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    August 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I have never seen eggplant in some of those colors! I talked to my CSA farmer on Tuesday and she said they are just starting to pick eggplant – hopefully we will get it next week.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe – I may have to try it!

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    August 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I love all the different varieties of eggplant! So colorful and fun! I love roasted eggplant! I should be getting eggplant in my CSA box tomorrow! I’m making this!

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    August 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Roasted eggplant is the best…This looks incredible! 🙂

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    August 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    What a gorgeous photo! I can just imagine how good this roasted eggplant tastes – love all the different varieties, so colourful and healthy.

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    Amber (@ExSoyCise)
    January 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Yum this looks SO good! I can’t wait to try this!!

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    February 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Lovely photos and the recipe looks to be something that we would really enjoy! We eat lots of eggplant and other healthy foods! Thanks for sharing!

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    August 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Do you know if I could roast the eggplants and freeze them to use later in a casserole?


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      Grace Dickinson
      August 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      I presume this will change the texture of the eggplant. However, this may not matter when used in a casserole since there will presumably be sauces baked into it. Give it a try!

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        August 19, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        Yes I think you’re correct that the texture may change yet given the layering with sauce and the moisture it should work. I’ll let you know.

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    October 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Grace, thanks for the great photos. We have the purple striped eggplant and can never find any info about it. I have used it to make a eggplant/mushroom/tomato pasta sauce that’s really good, but I’m going to try this with all the garlic. Sounds fabulous!

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      Grace Dickinson
      October 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

      I love, love all the different varieties out there of eggplant. The white’s are extra sweet and the striped are so pretty! Roasted eggplant is by far my favorite way of eating it.

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