Bruschetta with Ricotta, Grilled Eggplant, and Mint

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Bruschetta with Ricotta, Grilled Eggplant, and Mint
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
370
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
8 bruschetta

Ingredients

For the eggplant

  • 4 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

  • 8 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
26%
Sugar
10g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Cholesterol
32mg
11%
Protein
15g
30%
Carbs
41g
14%
Vitamin A
76µg
8%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
3.5%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
12.4%
Vitamin C
4mg
7%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
2mg
9%
Vitamin K
16µg
19%
Calcium
226mg
23%
Fiber
8g
32%
Folate (food)
85µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
105µg
26%
Folic acid
12µg
N/A
Iron
3mg
16%
Magnesium
60mg
15%
Monounsaturated
8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
5mg
23%
Phosphorus
230mg
33%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
599mg
17%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
19.8%
Sodium
722mg
30%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
21.4%
Zinc
2mg
11%

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