Eggplant isn’t one of my favorite foods. I like its shine, its round, waxy purpleness. I like the sound my knife makes when it slices evenly through its flesh. And I even like its other name, aubergine, and especially the family of colors it lends its name to. But in my mind, its taste leaves much to be desired. Last summer, inundated with farm share eggplants, I tried all sorts of recipes. Roast eggplant, eggplant curries, maybe eggplant in soup (a disaster that I must have blocked from my memory, because I only have sketchy details). And then somehow, somewhere I stumbled upon this recipe: Eggplant Gratin with Herbs and Creme Fraiche from Farm House Table. And my goodness. It is delicious.
I made it several times last year and then forgot about the recipe until I got more eggplant in this week’s farm share. Seeing the eggplant triggered the memory, which then triggered a hasty scramble around the internet. I had modified the recipe last year, and only remembered the modified version. But eventually I refound it and then pinned it immediately, wrote a grocery list, and then darted off to the store.
FH and I made this last night. And it was as good as I remembered. Like last time, I substituted shallots for chives. I also didn’t have any thyme on hand. And lastly, I don’t think that the creme reduced as much as the recipe called for. This was in part because, in the 30 seconds I turned my back from the stove, leaving FH to mind things, it boiled over. And then kept threatening to boil over. And we were really hungry.
FH’s one suggestion was to add a sprinkle of bread crumbs over the top to give this dish some crunch, as it is very tasty but is also very mushy. Next time, I’ll try it!
What end-of-summer foods are you enjoying?