Grilled Eggplant

Don't stake your whole menu on meat during barbecue season. Here's an egg-citing idea for your grill that replaces or complements non-veggie options.



Photos by Laura Petrilla

The first time I ever held a $10 bill in my hand was in 1958 when I had my confirmation. On the occasion of my receiving this sacrament in the Catholic Church, Mom gave me this incredible amount of money (half of her usual weekly food allotment) and told me to go up to the Avenue to purchase six steaks for a special celebration dinner and to use the remainder to buy a St. Joseph’s Daily Missal.

I must have been daydreaming because I came out of the butcher shop with 6 pounds of steak and just a few pennies in change—not nearly enough for the book. Poor Mom was devastated by this mix-up because she just didn’t have any more money to give me for the present, and this was more beef than we normally ate in a month. Ever since then, I’ve never had much of a taste for steak.

Childhood traumas aside, I do like the idea of throwing a big slab of something onto the barbecue, searing in the symmetrical grill marks and then enjoying it with all the usual side dishes. It’s also a great dish to add to burgers and hot dogs when you have vegetarian guests.

By the way, my grandmother came through with the $4.75 for the missal, and I still have it to this day.

Chris Fennimore is the Director of Programming at WQED and the Producer/Host for QED Cooks. Follow his blog on food and family at wqed.org/tv/cooks/chrischat/


EGGPLANT STEAKS

  • 2 medium-sized eggplants
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces shropshire blue cheese

Cut the stem end off of each eggplant. Trim the skin off two sides of the eggplant and cut lengthwise into 1-inch thick “steaks.” Salt the eggplant on both sides and lay in a colander. The salt will draw out the moisture in the eggplant. After an hour, rinse the slices in fresh water and then squeeze dry and blot with a paper towel. Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce with salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the eggplant slices and mix to coat on both sides.

Place the “steaks” on a hot grill and cook for 2 minutes. Give them a one-quarter turn and cook another 2 minutes. Turn them over and cook for 2 minutes. Top each of the steaks with a piece of Shropshire blue cheese and cover the grill for 2 minutes. Serves 4.

 

Web exclusive...

  • 6 golden delicious apples
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup cream (or half and half)

Heat the butter and sugar in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Peel and core the apples and cut into slices or chunks. Add to the skillet and cook over medium heat until the apples are coated with the butter and sugar. In a food processor, pulse the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add the butter and pulse a few more times. Add the cream and pulse until a thick batter forms. Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls onto the top of the apples in the skillet. Place over indirect heat on your grill and close the lid. Bake for 40 minutes until the apples are caramelized and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream. Serves 4-6.
 

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Restaurants 2016

Best Restaurants 2016

Which 33 Pittsburgh-area establishments did our independent Restaurant Review Panel include among its top picks this year? Find them here.
Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

In addition to awarding Best Restaurant honors this year, our Independent Restaurant Review Panel also voted to recognize six chefs for their contributions to Pittsburgh’s culinary community in 2015.
Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

German blends a collage of community activism and soul-searching artistry.
PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

It only takes one person, one jagoff, one childish, attention-seeking, discourteous jerk to send a woo through PNC Park.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Artist David Bernabo creates a series of films that track various aspects of Pittsburgh's food culture.
Crosby's Breakaway Goal, Yeah You Want to Watch it Again

Crosby's Breakaway Goal, Yeah You Want to Watch it Again

Sidney Crosby's unassisted goal was his third game-winning score in the series against Tampa Bay.
Cyclists Say PennDOT's Bike Map a Start, but Could Be Better

Cyclists Say PennDOT's Bike Map a Start, but Could Be Better

The state's new interactive bike map displays the speed limit and traffic flow of state route bike paths.
In the Future: No Driver May Be No Problem for Uber

In the Future: No Driver May Be No Problem for Uber

Pittsburgh is the test track for the ride sharing company's self-driving vehicles.

Sign Up for the 412 e-Newsletter

 

Our new, daily e-newsletter is curated by the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine and is designed to give you the very best Pittsburgh has to offer -- delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign me up!
* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Restaurants 2016

Best Restaurants 2016

Which 33 Pittsburgh-area establishments did our independent Restaurant Review Panel include among its top picks this year? Find them here.
Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

In addition to awarding Best Restaurant honors this year, our Independent Restaurant Review Panel also voted to recognize six chefs for their contributions to Pittsburgh’s culinary community in 2015.
Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

German blends a collage of community activism and soul-searching artistry.
PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

It only takes one person, one jagoff, one childish, attention-seeking, discourteous jerk to send a woo through PNC Park.
Daytripping: Canonsburg is a City of Antiques

Daytripping: Canonsburg is a City of Antiques

Nearby Canonsburg is a rare find for antiques collectors.
U.S. Open at Oakmont: Will The Town Finally Be a Player?

U.S. Open at Oakmont: Will The Town Finally Be a Player?

The U.S. Open is returning to Oakmont — and unlike previous tournaments, this one could make the community a vital part of the action.
Edit Module

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Artist David Bernabo creates a series of films that track various aspects of Pittsburgh's food culture.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

Kennywood Park opens soon and new this season is the return of the famed whale at the entrance of Noah’s Ark. In the name of science, PittGirl paid an early visit to test the squishiness quotient of the whale's all-important tongue.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Richard DeShantz Plans Two New Restaurants at Salt of the Earth Building

Richard DeShantz Plans Two New Restaurants at Salt of the Earth Building

DeShantz owns three other Pittsburgh restaurants and is about to open a fourth.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The quiet rise of Pittsburgh's tea scene gives us a few favorite gems.

Comments


Highmark Stadium Pub Wants Your Attention

Highmark Stadium Pub Wants Your Attention

The in-house tavern at the Riverhounds' home stadium is now welcoming guests during weekdays. But is it worth a dedicated stop?

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Crosby’s Long-Awaited Signature has Pens Pondering The Possibilities

Crosby’s Long-Awaited Signature has Pens Pondering The Possibilities

For Sidney Crosby and for the Penguins, happy days are here again. But the emotion of the moment won’t mean much if Crosby and the Penguins aren’t able to build upon it as the series progresses.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Flip the Switch: Industrial-Style Lighting Made in Pittsburgh

Flip the Switch: Industrial-Style Lighting Made in Pittsburgh

An electrician by trade, designer Thomas Verscharen creates custom lighting out of repurposed pieces.

Comments


Sean Collier's Popcorn for Dinner

The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The Angry Birds Movie Is Just a Total Mess

The Angry Birds Movie Is Just a Total Mess

Plus reviews of "The Nice Guys" and "Neighbors 2," as well as local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Get with the (Wedding) Program

Get with the (Wedding) Program

Have you ever considered making programs for your wedding guests? If not, think again and get creative.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
A Tiny House that's Big on Energy Savings

A Tiny House that's Big on Energy Savings

Spread out across the city for these upcoming events, including a “Tiny House” exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center displayed by the FIY Network.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Pitt Adds New Major

Pitt Adds New Major

The environmental engineering major will be available in the 2016-17 academic year and aims to help students prepare for a changing job market.

Comments