Grilled Veggie Stack

Cajun French: le plat (lu pla) – dish (of food)

 

PictureWhen squash and eggplant appear at the markets, Laurie cannot resist. Living in an RV, space is at a premium and fresh produce is purchased as needed. That is except squash and eggplant – usually we purchase more than needed because there are so many different ones to choose. This week we managed to only purchase yellow squash and eggplant. Laurie was proud of herself for moderation. Grilling is a favorite cooking method of ours and tonight was grilled veggies. For a different approach we stacked the veggies and topped with grated cheese. Fresh corn was also a purchase so it was grilled also.

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Eggplant Seafood Casserole

Cajun French:  la breme (la brem) – eggplant

 

PlatedEggplant is a vegetable we enjoy using in various ways.  Not sure how we wanted to use the one we purchased at the farmers market, so we started brainstorming.  What else had we purchased or had on hand that we could incorporate?  After some discussion, we decided on a casserole using seafood – shrimp and crab.  The fresh peppers were abundant this week and we had a variety so in they went.  The mayonnaise was used not only as a binding but also for flavor enhancement.  Although the recipe is easy, the results are a casserole with a richness to be enjoyed.

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Grilled Eggplant and Artichoke Sandwich

Cajun French:  la farine de maïs (la far-een du ma-ee) – corn meal

 

A loaf of cornmeal and corn bread was one of our purchases at the farmers market.  We only find this bread when fresh corn is in season, so we purchase a loaf every week as long as it is available.  The bread taste fresh and clean and melts in your mouth!

We wanted to make the bread a part of our lunch so the planning was around the bread.  Fresh eggplant, sweet red peppers and tomatoes were also some of our purchases and we had marinaded artichokes so a sandwich was born.  Add onions and we were set for stacking a sandwich.

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Eggplant and Grilled Onions

Cajun French:  la breme (la brem) – eggplant

écraser (ā-kra-zā) – mash

The eggplant sitting on the counter was begging to be used.  Not wanting to prepare in the usual way of smothering we put our creative caps on and went to work.  Knowing we were going to serve the eggplant with salmon, we decided on a mash.  Salmon has a very mild flavor so we did not want the eggplant to overpower the salmon.  By using garlic and mint with grilled onions the eggplant was not heavily herbed.  The eggplant taste was predominant and blended well with the rosemary salmon.

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