Grilled Thai Basil Eggplant - Handmade in the Heartland

Grilled Thai Basil Eggplant

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It's grilling season friends and I'm all about walking out on my deck to cook dinner instead of heating up the house with my range or oven! We have been trying to get a lot more vegetables into our diet and grilling is just another way to add great flavor to veggies.  Also, chances are that if you have a bbq you might have a friend who is a vegetarian and will love you for having this option.  
how to grill marinated eggplant
Eggplant is a sponge so whatever flavors you put on it just soak right in.  The trick to this eggplant is marinating it in a delicious balsamic thai sauce and then topping it with fresh basil from the garden. This recipe for grilled thai basil eggplant can be a main dish for veggie lovers or a healthy side to go with your tailgating favorites. 

Recipe for grilled eggplant
Have you ever cooked with eggplant? About 4 years ago I tried it for the first time, and actually on the grill in a ratatouille of summer vegetables.  It's a great vegetable to add in to your diet, it has a really mild taste and can like I mentioned absorbs the flavors you cook it with. It's a great source of vitamins and nutrients- just google it and you'll see!
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When you go to grill this recipe make sure you take the eggplant slices out of the marinade and pat them dry on a paper towel.  I did not do this step and almost caught the entire grill on fire from the excess oil. So don't do that! If you get the excess oil off they will be just fine. 
marinated thai basil eggplant
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how to grill eggplant

A great side dish or vegetarian option for grilling!

Eggplant is the perfect thing to marinade because it’s spongelike texture soaks up all the flavor.
“Recipe

This recipe is a delicious side or vegetarian main dish for a bbq.

Ingredients:
  • 1 eggplant
  • 2/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3-4 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • Pinch of salt, pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Instructions:

  1. Slice your eggplant lengthwise into long "steaks" and set aside. In a medium bowl combine olive oil, garlic, salt, vinegar & chili sauce together and then pour into a gallon size ziplock bag. Place the eggplant slices in the bag as well. Let the eggplant marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
  2. Take your eggplant slices out of the bag and lay them on a paper towel to soak up excess oil and pat them dry. If you skip this step of patting dry you run the risk of starting a fire on your grill!
  3. Heat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the eggplant slices for about 3-4 minutes on each side, you should have some good grill marks on each side. Serve with sliced basil sprinkled on top.
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marinated grilled eggplant
When you tailgate what are your go to recipes? Do you take a charcoal grill or do you have a small electric one? We haven't ever been big tailgaters but the whole experience intrigues me and makes me want to jump in, I know I could be a tailgating extraordinaire given the chance. ;) 
easy to grill eggplant
What are your favorite grilling recipes? Do you grill veggies? I'd love to hear about recipes that you love, share it with me in the comments and if you make this recipe tag me on Instagram (@handmadeintheheartland) or Facebook! It thrills me to see you creating things from the blog!
great grilling recipe for vegetarians!
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