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Pan-Fried White Eggplant with Onion, Caper, and Herb Sauce

Pan-Fried White Eggplant with Onion, Caper, and Herb Sauce
  • Meal

    Breakfast

  • Cusine

Ingredients

3 small or 2 medium white eggplants

salt, for drawing water out of eggplant

3 T olive oil, divided

1/3 cup finely chopped red onion

1 tsp. minced garlic

2 T capers

2 T fresh lemon juice

1 T balsamic vinegar

2 T chopped fresh parsley

1 T chopped fresh basil

Directions

Wash eggplants and cut off both ends.Cut eggplants into 3/4 inch thick pieces and arrange on cutting board in a single layer.Sprinkle both sides of eggplant with salt, then let sit about 20 minutes, or until you see some water that has been drawn out by the salt.Blot both sides of eggplant with paper towel. (Some people feel that salting eggplant is completely unnecessary, so skip this step if you’d like.)Heat 1 T olive oil in large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until oil starts to shimmer.Add eggplant and cook on first side until starting to brown, about 5-6 minutes.Turn over and cook on other side until eggplant is cooked through and browned on both sides. You may have to cook the eggplant in two batches if you don’t have a big enough pan.)Remove eggplant to serving dishes.While eggplant cooks, chop onion, garlic, parsley, and basil.Put capers, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, parsley, basil, and 1 T olive oil in food processor and pulse a few times. (I used the bowl of my immersion blender. You can also skip this step if you want a chunkier sauce.)Add last tablespoon of olive oil to pan, heat about 30 seconds, then add onion and saute 2-3 minutes.Add minced garlic and saute another minute or two.Add caper mixture and heat about a minute, then pour sauce over eggplant and serve immediately.