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Perfectly tender smoky Grilled Eggplant with fresh Greek relish and creamy polenta.  An easy and healthy meatless dinner.  Vegan adaptable and gluten-free.

Grilled Eggplant with Creamy Polenta and Greek Relish

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: vegan, main, grilled, vegetarian
  • Method: grilled
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Perfectly tender smoky Grilled Eggplant with fresh Greek relish and creamy polenta.  An easy and healthy meatless dinner.  Vegan adaptable and gluten-free.


Ingredients

Creamy Polenta

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, or olive oil

Fresh Greek Relish

  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped about 1 medium
  • 1 cup cucumber, about 1 small
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional- 3-6 oz feta(sheep feta is preferred)

Grilled Eggplant


Instructions

Make Polenta:

  1. Boil water with salt.
  2. Slowly add polenta while whisking.  Stir until slightly thickening and fully incorporated.
  3. Turn heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring 2-3 times.
  4. Once polenta has softened, stir in butter or olive oil.

Make the Greek relish:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.

Grill Eggplant:

  1. Heat the grill to full high heat.
  2. Brush eggplant with olive oil.
  3. Turn grill to medium heat and place eggplant on the grill.  Close lid for 3- 4 minutes.  Flip eggplant over and close lid again for another 3-4 minutes.
  4. The eggplant will continue to soften once removed from the heat.   You can stack them on top of each other, covered with foil, to continue to cook and soften.

Assemble: 

Divide polenta among 4 bowls, then top with grilled eggplant and the fresh Greek relish.


Notes

Alternatively,  you can roast the Eggplant.   To roast, prepare the same way, brushed with oil and place them on a parchment  lined sheet pan, in a 425 F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tender and golden.

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