Try this beautiful and delicious gluten free recipe for Baked Eggplant with California Figs and Leeks from KC the G-Free Foodie – it’s easy to make, healthy, tasty and impressive. What’s not to love?
When I first saw this eggplant image on The Prague Blog, I reached out and asked for the recipe – which they didn’t have. So, I asked if I could use the image and create a baked eggplant recipe of my own. They agreed, and I began the challenging task of making delicious food to fit a photo (it’s waaay harder than it sound, y’all.) I used California Figs of course, because that’s where I live and they are the best. Also, California is the only place that figs are grown commercially in the U.S., so I suppose that was also a factor.
The size of your eggplant make affect the baking time, so if you’ve got a really huge one it could take a few minutes more, a smaller one could take a few minutes less. Just eyeball it after the first bake – if the center looks cooked and not raw, you’re good to go.
- 1 large eggplant
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 large ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1/2 of a leek, thinly sliced
- 2 fresh California Figs, quartered
- a few cherry tomatoes, halved
- good quality olive oil
- 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- kosher salt
Cut the eggplant in half, and then score diagonally, being careful not to cut the skin. The scatter the garlic over the eggplant halves and brush liberally with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt. Place eggplant scored side up on a baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
In the meantime, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Toss in halved cherry tomatoes and leeks, cook for 3-5 minutes, until tomato skins begin to blister & leeks slightly soften. Remove from the heat and set aside on plate or bowl. Add the vinegar and sugar to the skillet, and return to medium heat. Bring the mixture to a slight boil and reduce vinegar to a thick syrup.
When the eggplant is done baking, scatter the mozzeralla slices over the top, and then top the cheese with the leeks, tomatoes and fresh figs. Return to the 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted & slightly bubbly.Finish the with eggplant by drizzling on the balsamic reduction and sprinkling with a little more salt. You can also drizzle lightly with olive oil if desired.
Recipe credit: G-Free Foodie, Photo Credit: The Prague Blog