It doesn’t take much time to roast an eggplant in the oven, all you have to do is: cut it, salt it, drizzle with some lemon juice and olive oil, toss it and mix it couple of times while it is cooking. You can serve it by itself or as a main dish, with meat or fish. It tastes even better next day. Perfect for next day lunch or picnic.
Oven Roasted Eggplant Cubes
If you are not a garlic lover like I am, add only 2-3 garlic cloves instead of a whole garlic bulb.
Heat the oven to its hottest setting,typically around 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and turn on the broil. Cut the eggplant into 1-2 inch cubes. Transfer them to a baking sheet and spread out into a single layer.
Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
Peel garlic and smash it with a heavy knife.
Add garlic and pepper, give it a good mix with spatula or your hand.
Place a rack on top of your oven and cook the eggplant cubes for 10 minutes. Carefully take the eggplant out and stir it with a spatula. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes. Taste the eggplant. Cook for another 5 minutes if needed.
Remove the eggplant from the oven. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve hot or room temperature.
This is not a ratatouille, it is a “tian!” I often have to correct my guests when they ask me if this is a ratatouille. 😉
Tian is a french recipe of baked vegetables made with alternating rows of sliced eggplant, tomato, onion and zucchini. A tian itself is an earthenware dish that goes from the oven to table. Everything baked in this dish is called tian.
To make the tian look more appealing, use vegetables with similar widths.
Peel and cut the onion into half moons. Peel and cut the garlic into 2-4 pieces.
In a medium skillet heat 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil until hot, add onion and sauté until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
Preheat the oven to 400℉. Spread the cooked onion on the bottom of a baking dish.
Cut zucchini and summer squash into 1/4 inch slices.
Cut the eggplant into 1/4 inch slices.
Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
Arrange the zucchini, eggplant, squash and tomatoes in alternating rows. Continue until the baking dish is filled.
Sprinkle the vegetables with salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and golden. If the vegetables are not ready, but the top is starting to burn, cover the tian with aluminum foil.