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Grilled Eggplant Stacks With Tomato, Feta & Basil

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Grilled Eggplant Stacks With Tomato, Feta & Basil

I found this simple yet ingenious recipe in an old Gourmet magazine (August 2005) and was drawn to the Leaning Tower of Pisa aspect of these stacks. I was also thrilled by the way they taste.

Tomato season is just beginning in earnest. We’ve harvested the first few loads of ripe cherries and the first red beauty from our little garden and also got a few sweet, flavorful ‘maters in our most recent CSA share. I heard a scary rumor that there may be a late blight headed our way but I see that as all the more reason to eat as many beautiful tomatoes as you can before it might hit!

Roasted Eggplant Stacks With Tomato, Feta & Basil by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

It’s also time for eggplants – we got our first few in that same CSA pick up last week. They’re quite sweet with an appealingly meaty flavor that also has a hint of nuttiness to it.

Roasting the eggplant slices by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog

It’s also been a good year so far for our two potted basil plants (despite the need for regular watering in the dry conditions of the last few weeks.) The leaves I’ve been picking are both tender and flavorful.

Basil plant by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

These grilled stacks are a wonderful marriage of flavors – the nutty richness of the eggplant, the juicy sweetness of the tomato, the light, fresh zing of the basil and the saltiness of the feta cheese. If you don’t have a grill, you could also make them by roasting in the oven. Try to find the sweetest tomatoes you can!

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers’ markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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9:56PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Sent a star to codruta for the recipe to use the oven, since I have no skills with a grill. Sounds great.

12:38PM PDT on May 18, 2013

I do a version of this in the oven: in a pan, put the sliced eggplant brushed (on both sides)
with olive, on another pan put the sliced tomatoes and onion and keep it for about 20 min until all done. Put them all together with crumbled feta, salt and black pepper for another 10 min to melt a little bit the cheese. Sprinkle with basil, or parsley.
Very yummy!

10:16AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Shall keep this recipe handy for when eggplants and tomatoes are really in season. It has made me think of summer and salads - thanks!

7:40AM PDT on May 18, 2013


6:27PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Yummy will try out the recipe :)

2:33PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Good recipe,thanks for sharing

7:13PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thank you for the recipe! I love everything in it and wouldn't have thought to put them together.

3:55AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Love to grow these vegetables and use them in a variety of recipes.

7:21AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

I love vegetables of pretty much any kind, so appreciate the info!

4:50PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Sounds wonderful.

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