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RECIPE

Adapted from a Mark Bittman recipe in the New York Times

Serves 2

A CookTale

On July 8th in the New York Times, this recipe popped out at me. It’s been on my desk for a week waiting to be summoned. At the Saturday Saugerties Farmers Market, I snatched up young perfectly round eggplants. What an acquisition! And the recipe’s moment had arrived… And I screwed up! Reader beware! I sliced them too f’ing thin & as a result, overcooked them. It might not have affected their taste, but it affected our sense of taste. And it was pointed out to me by my all-time critic… Cathie!

INGREDIENTS

1 Medium or 1 large Eggplant cut into 3/4-inch slices
3 TB of a neutral oil, like Grape seed or Corn
1 TB of Sesame Oil
Salt & Black Pepper
1/2 Cup of White Miso
1/4 Cup of Honey
1/4 Cup hot Water.

1. If time allows, sprinkle the Eggplant liberally with Salt, put it in a colander in the sink and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes; rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat and put the rack about 4 inches from the flame*.
2. Combine the Neutral and Sesame oils and brush the Eggplant on both sides with the Oil mixture. Sprinkle with Salt (if you salted the Eggplant, hold off) and Pepper, then brush with more Oil.
3. Grill until browned on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes total, turning once or twice and brushing with more Oil if it looks dry.
4. When the Eggplant is almost done, whisk together the Miso, Honey and hot Water and generously brush the Eggplant with this mixture.
5. Continue to grill for another minute or two, then serve hot, warm or at room temperature, drizzled with any remaining Miso sauce.

* I used a stovetop cast iron grill, for more control.

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