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Baked Eggplant with Fried Capers

Baked Eggplant with Fried Capers - Dads That Cook

By Jason Glover

DifficultyBeginner

I've prepared eggplant many ways - fried, sautéed, air fried - but this Baked Eggplant with Fried Capers is the best! It's spicy, salty, and a little sweet. You're going to love it!

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time35 mins

 4 Japanese eggplant
 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  cup harissa paste
 6 tbsp capers, divided
 ¾ cup olive oil
 salt and pepper, to taste
 fresh dill, for garnish
 lemon zest, for garnish
Sauces
 2 tbsp cherry preserves
 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
 1 lemon, juiced
 salt and pepper, to taste

Roast the Eggplant
1

Preheat oven to 425°F.

2

Slice the eggplants in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet, cut side up.

3

Combine the garlic cloves, harissa paste, 4 tablespoons of capers, and olive oil in a small food processor or blender. Season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Set 1/4 cup of the mixture aside.

4

Score the tops of the eggplant with a sharp knife and rub about 1 tablespoon of the mixture from the blender on top.

5

Toss the remaining 2 tablespoons of capers with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place next to the eggplant on the baking sheet (or put in a separate baking pan).

6

Roast the eggplant and capers for 10 minutes then remove the capers and set aside. Return the eggplant to the oven and roast for another 10 minutes, or until tender.

Make the Sauces
7

For the first sauce, stir the cherry preserves into the reserved harissa paste mixture and mix well.

8

The the other sauce, combine the Greek yogurt with the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and mix until smooth.

9

To serve, place the eggplant on a serving platter, drizzle with both sauces, top with the fried capers, and garnish with some fresh dill and lemon zest. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

 4 Japanese eggplant
 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  cup harissa paste
 6 tbsp capers, divided
 ¾ cup olive oil
 salt and pepper, to taste
 fresh dill, for garnish
 lemon zest, for garnish
Sauces
 2 tbsp cherry preserves
 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
 1 lemon, juiced
 salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Roast the Eggplant
1

Preheat oven to 425°F.

2

Slice the eggplants in half lengthwise and place on a baking sheet, cut side up.

3

Combine the garlic cloves, harissa paste, 4 tablespoons of capers, and olive oil in a small food processor or blender. Season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Set 1/4 cup of the mixture aside.

4

Score the tops of the eggplant with a sharp knife and rub about 1 tablespoon of the mixture from the blender on top.

5

Toss the remaining 2 tablespoons of capers with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place next to the eggplant on the baking sheet (or put in a separate baking pan).

6

Roast the eggplant and capers for 10 minutes then remove the capers and set aside. Return the eggplant to the oven and roast for another 10 minutes, or until tender.

Make the Sauces
7

For the first sauce, stir the cherry preserves into the reserved harissa paste mixture and mix well.

8

The the other sauce, combine the Greek yogurt with the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and mix until smooth.

9

To serve, place the eggplant on a serving platter, drizzle with both sauces, top with the fried capers, and garnish with some fresh dill and lemon zest. Enjoy!

Baked Eggplant with Fried Capers

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