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We look to the Middle East to transform eggplant

Grilled Eggplant with Sesame and Herbs

1 hour

We liked serving the eggplant in the charred skins, but the cooked flesh also can be scooped into a bowl, mashed and mixed with the herb mixture, then finished with olive oil and lemon juice. Look for smooth, unblemished eggplants, and leave the stems on when halving them. To cook the eggplant indoors, heat the broiler with a rack about 6 inches from the heat. Place the oil-brushed eggplant halves cut side up on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until golden brown, about 10 minutes, then reduce the oven to 475°F and roast until soft throughout, another 30 to 40 minutes.

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