Bruschetta with Ricotta, Grilled Eggplant, and Mint

Bruschetta with Ricotta, Grilled Eggplant, and Mint
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Bruschetta with Ricotta, Grilled Eggplant, and Mint

Viviane Bauquet Farre

Bruschetta with Ricotta, Grilled Eggplant, and Mint

Grilling turns the rather spongy, bland eggplant into something utterly succulent. Made with firm-fleshed, freshly picked eggplant, these bruschetta, although simple, are loaded with flavor. A few simple ingredients becoming gorgeous mouthfuls… my favorite way to cook summer fare.

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4
Servings
154
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the eggplant

  • baby eggplants (1 pound total), ends trimmed and cut lengthwise into 4-by-1/4-inch slices
  • 2  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the bruschetta

  • slices ciabatta or other light, crusty country bread, sliced about 1-inch thick
  • 1  Cup  fresh ricotta cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish
  • 16  large fresh mint leaves, chiffonade, for garnish

Directions

For the eggplant

Preheat a gas grill on medium-high heat or prepare a charcoal grill.

Lightly brush the eggplant slices with the olive oil and lay on a baking sheet. When the grill is ready, place the slices directly on the grill and grill until grill marks appear and the slices are nicely browned, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer the slices back to the baking sheet and season with salt, to taste. When the slices are cool enough to handle, cut into a ¼-inch dice, place in a bowl, and set aside.

For the bruschetta

When ready to serve (do not prepare these ahead of time as the bread will get soggy), grill the bread slices on both sides until grill marks appear, or place under the broiler until golden brown. Top each slice with 2 tablespoons of ricotta and spread the cheese evenly over the surface of the bread.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with the diced grilled eggplant. Garnsih with olive oil and the mint chiffonade. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
5g
4%
Protein
7g
15%
Vitamin A, RAE
93µg
13%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
279mg
28%
Choline, total
21mg
5%
Magnesium, Mg
14mg
4%
Phosphorus, P
466mg
67%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
551mg
37%
Water
31g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Bruschetta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Bruschetta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.