Crackers topped with eggplant, ricotta & honey

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At the end of the week our menu items tend to get a bit random. We are typically running low on food but instead of heading to the grocery store, I try to get creative with what’s left in the kitchen so we can last until Sunday grocery shopping. Doing this both saves us money and decreases the amount of food we waste. I had a beat-up box of crackers, some eggplant from our neighbors garden and some extra ricotta cheese. Voila! I was inspired by one of my favorite restaurants, La Crema Tapas and Chocolate in Rosemary Beach, Fl to serve the eggplant on the sweeter side. They serve an Eggplant Cordoba dish which is basically fried eggplant drizzled in molasses. It’s like eating dessert! I would have never thought to turn eggplant into a sweeter dish but with its bitterness, it really works.  Enjoy the recipe!

Crackers topped with eggplant, ricotta and honey

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer or light snack

Ingredients:

  • 4 Japanese eggplant (or any other variety but I like being able to cut the longer varieties into pieces and still having lots of skin)
  • Olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and sugar
  • 15-20 crackers
  • 4-5 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and brush a baking sheet with olive oil
  • Toss eggplant in olive oil, then add generous pinch of salt and sugar
  • Roast eggplant for about 25 minutes until it’s tender but still holding its shape
  • Line your serving dish with crackers
  • Spread about a teaspoon of ricotta cheese on each cracker, then add roasted eggplant
  • Drizzle with honey and balsamic vinegar
  • Enjoy!

Notes:

  • Depending on the age of your child, you may try peeling one of the eggplants and going light on the vinegar and heavy with the ricotta.
  • For a younger child, you could blend the eggplant and ricotta, forgoing the crunchy cracker.
  • The eggplant doesn’t have to be warm when served. You could easily roast the eggplant another day and then all you have to do is assemble.
  • This could also be done with any whole grain hearty bread toasted or a decent sized snack cracker. All we have are Triscuits currently so crackers it was.
  • Instead of ricotta, goat cheese or creme fraiche would also be pretty tasty I bet!

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