Our 35 Best Eggplant Recipes of All Time

You bought too many eggplants. Or, you have an extra one that you have no idea what to do with. Or, your family always makes the same dish and you want to switch it up. That’s where these 35 recipes come in handy. From yogurt-y dips (hello, Saturday pi…

You bought too many eggplants. Or, you have an extra one that you have no idea what to do with. Or, your family always makes the same dish and you want to switch it up. That’s where these 35 recipes come in handy. From yogurt-y dips (hello, Saturday picnic) to chocolate cake (yes, seriously), these are some of our favorite ways to use one of summer’s favorite vegetables fruits.


Our Best Eggplant Recipes

1. Mapo Eggplant

There are layers upon layers of savory, spicy flavor in this tofu-eggplant hybrid dish, inspired by Sichuan mapo tofu. Both elements get stir-fried in a wok, then simmered with peppercorns, chili powder, doubanjiang, soy sauce, wine, dark soy sauce, and sugar.

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Don’t Throw Out Those Shrimp Shells. Use Them to Make This Perfect Pasta.

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Inspired by the column, the Big Little Recipes cookbook is available now.


Between you and me, when I started this column just over four years ago, I was worried I would run out of ideas. How many dishes could we possibly make with five or fewer ingredients?

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Salt & Pepper…Ice Cream?!

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Inspired by the column, the Big Little Recipes cookbook is available now.


Salt and pepper are a given in savory recipes, so much so that they’re often shortened to S&P, like a dear friend signing an email with a single initial. The other letters are unneeded. You know who they are.

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Our Homemade Limoncello Is Wayyy Easier Than You’d Expect

There’s a lot to love about Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales—our most recent Piglet champion!—but one thing excited me most: vodka. Which, if you know me, doesn’t make any sense. Because I hate vodka. Or I thought I did.

K…

There’s a lot to love about Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales—our most recent Piglet champion!—but one thing excited me most: vodka. Which, if you know me, doesn’t make any sense. Because I hate vodka. Or I thought I did.

Kachka’s first chapter is all about vodka—or, more specifically, infusing it. Tarragon, horseradish, chamomile, cacao nib, cranberry, strawberry. From Morales’s perspective, the possibilities are practically endless: “Alcohol is the perfect vehicle to both preserve and amplify flavors,” she writes.

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The Best Butter for Baking Comes from…Trader Joe’s

Our test kitchen goes through pounds and pounds (and pounds) of butter every week. Maybe it’s for sautéeing kale, mashing potatoes, or scrambling eggs. But, most often, it’s for baking.

I don’t need to tell you that unsalted butter is the default for …

Our test kitchen goes through pounds and pounds (and pounds) of butter every week. Maybe it’s for sautéeing kale, mashing potatoes, or scrambling eggs. But, most often, it’s for baking.

I don’t need to tell you that unsalted butter is the default for baked goods, from chocolate chip cookies to pound cakes to pie crusts. Using unsalted butter allows you to control the amount of salt in your baked goods (especially since the salt content in salted butter varies, so it’s hard to know exactly how much you’re adding). The more nitty-gritty—and less talked about—distinction is American-style versus European-style.

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I Could Eat 100 of These Bulgur-Feta Fritters

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Inspired by the column, the Big Little Recipes cookbook is available now.


Yes, I have an Instant Pot. It cooks rice, beans, and polenta more speedily than I ever could on the stove. But you know what I never need it for? Bulgur.

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Our Most Popular Recipes in April

Spring has sprung and I am ravenous for anything and everything green. Here on the east coast, the weather can’t make up its mind—warm some days and still-cold others. Our most popular new recipes from April are a little like that: a mix of cozy-comfor…

Spring has sprung and I am ravenous for anything and everything green. Here on the east coast, the weather can’t make up its mind—warm some days and still-cold others. Our most popular new recipes from April are a little like that: a mix of cozy-comforting and crunchy-fresh. And all delicious…but you knew that already.

10. Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

If you don’t have raspberry jam, don’t fret. These would be just as wonderful with strawberry, or blueberry—or even a not-quite-jam like Nutella or lemon curd.

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Our Easiest Dessert Recipes Only Need 5 Ingredients (or Fewer)

When it comes to dessert recipes, it’s all too easy for ingredient lists to become very long, very fast. Most of the time, they can’t help themselves. Take this yellow layer cake with chocolate frosting for instance. There are a dozen ingredients—and m…

When it comes to dessert recipes, it’s all too easy for ingredient lists to become very long, very fast. Most of the time, they can’t help themselves. Take this yellow layer cake with chocolate frosting for instance. There are a dozen ingredients—and most of those are non-negotiable: flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, vanilla…

But not every dessert is like this.

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The Easiest Chocolate Cheesecake in the World

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Inspired by the column, the Big Little Recipes cookbook is available now.


So far as baked goods go, cheesecake is famously fickle.

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Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Is What Dreams Are Made Of

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we're guessing you have those covered. Inspired by the column, the Big Little Recipes cookbook is available now.


As someone who loves jalapeños, loves cheese, and does not love football, I reject any implication that jalapeño poppers are a seasonal snack. Super Bowl, sure, but any day of the year is worthy of their crispy-spicy-gooey goodness. Jalapeño poppers are timeless.

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