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Friday Dinner with The Refined Chef

Filed under : Green YUM, nutrition, recipes

By: The Refined Chef

Editor’s Note: That’s it’s for this week’s dinner recipe week. Thank you to Seth of The Refined Chef for sharing with us such great recipes!

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Fairy Tale Eggplant with Pea Shoot Salad and Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette

7-10 fairy tale eggplants (they are about 2-4 inches in length)
1 medium size heirloom tomato – diced
Handful of pea shoots (washed and dried)
1/4 cup reduced balsamic vinegar
Olive oil (a couple teaspoons for drizzling)
Salt and pepper to taste

I really like eggplant and came across the fairy tale variety a few years ago at the farmers market. They are tender and perfect for light roasting and using as a side or incorporating into dishes. The pea shoots and balsamic really bring this dish together. Enjoy!

This is a great starter dish or as an individual salad option.
Preparation Time–10 minutes
Cooking Time–25-30 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees
Cut eggplants in half, and place cut side up in glass dish or cookie sheet.
Drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and place in oven
Cook for 25-30 minutes or until fork tender

Reduced Balsamic Vinegar
In sautee pan over medium-low heat reduce 1/4 balsamic vinegar, about 3-5 minutes. You are looking for a slightly thicker/syrupy consistency. Turn off heat and allow to cool

To serve:
Place eggplant halves in a circle on a plate. Mound pea shoot in the middle of the eggplants and top with diced tomato. Spoon a little reduced balsamic (the flavors are concentrated so use sparingly) over the top of the shoots and eggplant and then drizzle olive oil over the top as well. Finish with a little salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.

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