At the beginning of the year, when I sat down to think about the direction I wanted to take this site, I decided on a few things. One, I didn't want to stress about it anymore. I've cut back on the number of posts. I think this will allow me to focus on creating quality content rather than trying to bang out material for the sake of putting it up here. And I think it will allow me to focus on the other things in my life, like relationships and exercise (still working on that one) and getting out a bit more to enjoy all the culture this city has to offer.
The second thing I decided was that I wanted to get back to the roots of why I started A Thought For Food. As a home cook, I created this site as a way to share recipes that I have come to love... and to hopefully inspire a few people along the way to try dishes they wouldn't have normally made. I always want these recipes, whether my own creations or from the vast collection coming from my always growing magazine collection, to be accessible to the masses. For me, there's nothing better than a meal that's not only flavorful, but uncomplicated.
This marinated eggplant is one of those dishes that I can't get enough of. I've been making it for years, which is why I'm kind of surprised it's taken me this long to put it up. I recently prepared it for our annual winter BBQ, where we served up lamb kabobs and falafel, along with an assortment of middle-eastern inspired sides. The briny capers help to balance the richness of the eggplant, and the mint adds a brightness that almost makes you forget about the snow laden streets.
Marinated Eggplant with Mint and Capers
Slightly adapted from Gourmet Magazine via Epicurious
Yields: 8 appetizer portions
2 pounds thin Italian or Asian eggplants, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped mint
4 tablespoons small capers, rinsed
1. Preheat broiler.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange eggplant in a single layer.
3. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with 4 tablespoons of the olive oil. Broil about 4 inches from the heat, turning once, until golden, 8 to 12 minutes total.
4. Stir together vinegar, mint, capers, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and remaining oil and toss with warm eggplant. Marinate at least 20 minutes.
*Can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.