Though the flavors seem familiar together -- eggplant, feta, and fresh herb -- this deconstructed dish allows guests to graze, making each mouthful a new combination.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Sprinkle eggplant slices with 2 tablespoons salt, place in a colander, and let stand 30 minutes. Wipe off salt and moisture with paper towels.

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  • Mix olive oil, thyme, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon oil mixture. Place vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook until reduced by half, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in reserved oil mixture, and let cool.

  • Preheat grill to medium; brush grill with vegetable oil. Brush eggplant slices generously with some remaining oil mixture. Grill eggplant, covered, until slightly charred and tender, about 4 minutes per side.

  • Increase grill temperature to high. Brush baguette with remaining oil mixture, and grill until toasted, about 3 minutes. Cut baguette into pieces in various sizes.

  • Place eggplant, baguette, and feta on a large platter. Drizzle eggplant and feta with some vinegar mixture, then sprinkle torn basil over top. Serve with remaining vinegar mixture.

Cook's Notes

The black Nadia eggplant takes especially well to the grill -- skin on or off -- and eagerly absorbs a dressing of reduced balsamic vinegar.

Reviews (4)

15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2018
Simple ingredients that pair nicely together. We are always wowed by the flavors.I have made this recipe at least a dozen times . Our one cheat is to buy the already reduced balsamic vinegar. This is my go to summer appetizer recipe to take to a party or serve for my own company.
Rating: Unrated
05/28/2012
THIS RECIPE WAS DELICIOUS!!! MAKING FOR THE 2ND TIME AND I CAN'T WAIT TO EAT IT AGAIN. MELT IN YOUR MOUTH, AMAZING... PK
Rating: Unrated
05/28/2012
THIS RECIPE WAS DELICIOUS!!! MAKING FOR THE 2ND TIME AND I CAN'T WAIT TO EAT IT AGAIN. MELT IN YOUR MOUTH, AMAZING... PK
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Rating: Unrated
10/14/2011
This is our favourite summer recipe...I lost it and in looking it up to print again, I have to add a review. Amazing! esp with a good quality grilled bread - zuchini also works well, but eggplant is my favourite. Purchased balsamic reduction - the thick sweet kind - works just as well or better than doing it yourself.