August 18, 2020
4 Japanese eggplant, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 cloves garlic finely minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted lightly
Place eggplant in a large shallow baking dish. Mix together the soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Pour the marinade over the eggplant and let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour. Preheat grill. Season the eggplant with salt and pepper to taste and grill on each side for 3 minutes, basting occasionally with the remaining marinade. Serve topped with the toasted sesame seeds.
Japanese eggplants are long, slender, and oblong, averaging 20-25 centimetres in length. This ink-colored fruit can be straight or slightly crooked and has a dark purple or green stem depending on the variety. Its glossy, smooth skin is thin and purple-black. The cream-colored inner flesh is spongy and nearly seedless. When cooked, Japanese eggplants are mild and sweet with a tender, meaty texture.
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