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Grilled Eggplant Agrodolce With Mint & Fresno Pepper

Grilled Eggplant Agrodolce With Mint & Fresno Pepper

This eggplant is great as a side dish, but can be easily adapted into a main with the addition of chickpeas and some shreds of fresh mozzarella or crumbled feta cheese.


  • 4 small eggplants, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 3 Fresno peppers
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced


  1. Sprinkle both sides of the eggplant slices with salt and place them between paper towels. Press gently to remove moisture.
  2. Grill the eggplant and peppers over medium-hight heat for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until the eggplant flesh is golden brown and the peppers are charred.
  3. Remove the charred skin from the peppers. Cut the peppers in half, lengthwise, and scrape out most of the seeds, unless you want your finished dish to be very spicy. Coarsely chop the peppers.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, vinegar, and olive oil. Season with about 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste, and a few twists of black pepper. Add the eggplant, peppers, and mint to the bowl and toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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