Monday, November 9

Bite-sized Eggplant & Goat Cheese Appetizers

These baby Indian eggplants are so cute! And even better, bite sized! Ok, maybe two-bite sized but nonetheless a great size for an appetizer. I washed and cut the eggplants lengthwise, leaving the stem so that it is easy to pick up and bite. I brushed them with an olive oil, garlic and paprika marinade and roasted them in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. Afterwards, I spooned some goat cheese on top. I didn't do anything fancy with how I put it on, I felt that it looks more natural and homestyle just slapped on.  Just pick it up by the stem and take a bite of the warm roasted garlicky eggplant paired with the cool soft goat cheese...mmmmm. Enjoy!

Indian Eggplant & Goat Cheese appetizers
6-8 indian eggplants
5 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tsp paprika
goat cheese

1 Wash eggplants and cut lengthwise. Salt and let sit for 15 minutes.
2 Prepare a bowl with some olive oil, garlic and paprika. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and brush the garlic olive oil onto the open face of the eggplants. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes and don't let the garlic burn.
3 Once the eggplants are soft, prepare a platter and scoop some refrigerated goat cheese onto the eggplants. Sprinkle with salt, pick up by the stem and bite!


Leslie said...

BEAUTIFUL and delicious.. Cant go wrong with this one

Nutmeg Nanny said...

How cute and delicious:) I love the addition of goat cheese...yum!!!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

These little eggplants are my new favorite veggie. I like the idea of adding the goat cheese. Beautiful dish!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Pretty, indeed!



nancy at goodfoodmatters said...

I will have to keep a lookout for these babies at our farmers market. I love hors dóeuvres that are so "pick-up friendly."
What a great--and easy--appetizer for fall!

Yael said...

how lovely! i am definitely going to make this. you know, my sister adds honey on her goat cheese. i bet these would be delicious with some honey drizzled on top.

Half Baked said...

Gorgeous! I adore tiny fruit and cute;) Your eggplant looks delicious!

5 Star Foodie said...

Great pairing of eggplants & goat cheese, excellent appetizers!

Soma said...

Love the sound of these little eggplants with goat cheese.

Lori Lynn said...

I agree, very cute! Makes a lovely platter.

Chef Fresco said...

Love the simple ingredient list - looks delicious!