Serious Eats: Recipes
Grilling: Chinese Eggplant with Sweet Ginger-Miso Paste
It was time for a Super Bowl detox, which meant forgoing the fried and meaty and turning to the grilled and veggie with these Chinese eggplants with a sweet ginger-miso paste. Score a criss-cross pattern into the eggplants before they're grilled until very tender. Then spread the sweet ginger-miso mixture on top so the sauce settles into all the eggplant canyons.
Even though I pulled the eggplants off before they turned to mush, some carryover heat brought them a little on the overcooked side. I've had issues with this texture before, but I actually enjoyed it here. The eggplant and paste melded into one creamy concoction that had a nice balance between a mild miso flavor, sweetness, and a little bite from the ginger.