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Grilled Eggplant Teriyaki for a Meatless Fourth of July

Grilled Eggplant Teriyaki for a Meatless Fourth of July

Fire up the grills and declare your independence from meat!

Vegetarians and those trying to eat less meat need no longer feel left out when America celebrates its birthday with the outdoor barbecue feasts that have become the hallmark of this holiday. Create your own fireworks by grilling vegetables; they take on an entirely new taste taste on the grill.

The delicious Teriyaki Marinade is the key to the success of this dish:

2 medium-large eggplants, about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds total
Teriyaki Marinade, as needed (see below)
2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Teriyaki Marinade
1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup sake or white wine
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 to 2 cloves crushed or minced garlic
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Combine all ingredients in a small container. Let stand until the sugar is dissolved.

Slice the eggplants 1/2 inch thick and peel. Salt thenm and let stand in a colander for 30 minutes, then rinse well.

Prepare the grill. Brush the egpplant slices generously on both sides with Teriyaki Marinade. Grill on each side until nicely browned and tender (5 to 10 minutes on each side, depending on the coals.) Remove and let cool slightly on a cutting surface. Cut into strips and place in a serving container. Stir in the scallions. Add enough additional Teriyaki Sauce to moisten and flavor the eggplant to taste. Sprinkle the top with the red pepper dice and sesame seeds.

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Adapted from Vegetarian Celebrations, by Nava Atlas ( Copyright (c) 1996 by Nava Atlas. Reprinted by permission of Nava Atlas.
Adapted from Vegetarian Celebrations, by Nava Atlas (

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4:11AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Thanks :)

9:54AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Thank you

5:20PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Yummy! Thanks.

12:45PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Look good. thank fir the tip!

10:00AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Yum! Thanks for the inspiration!

6:54AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

This sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it.

12:46AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Thanks Annie.

10:19PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

These look fantastic, thanks!

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