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Grilled Miso Eggplant

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I love eggplants; the taste; the ease of which to cook them; and most importantly the many different ways of creating dishes that make this ingredient a standout. Its versatility really is an understatement.

Dengaku Nasu is one of my favourite Japanese dishes Ö translated it is simply, grilled miso eggplant. Itís a typical dish you would find on any Japanese menu however, itís origins stem from the Izakaya or tapas bar. The caramelized texture and combination of sweet, salty and smoky flavours will have your taste-buds dancing the Tarantella. Once you get past the miso glaze, underneath you will discover a creamy, sweet and nutty delight.

Dengaku Nasu or Grilled Miso Eggplant.

You can also use this style of cooking to create dishes with other vegetables, meats, tofu and seafood. Grilled Miso Salmon is another perfect example of cooking with Miso.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 2 entree servings

3 Tablespoons Mirin
1 Tablespoon Sake
3 Tablespoons Shiro Miso
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Dashi Powder
1 Large Eggplant
Sesame Seeds to garnish
Leeks to garnish

Eggplant and Miso are the two main ingredients.

In a small saucepan bring the mirin and sake to a simmer over medium heat.

Add the miso paste and dashi powder and stir until smooth.

Add the sugar and reduce to a very low heat, stirring continuously. Set aside to cool.

The Miso Glaze comprises miso paste, sugar, mirin, dashi powder and sake.

Cut the eggplant in half, lengthwise.

Grill or BBQ the eggplant (both sides) for approximately 5 minutes.

Cut the eggplant in half, lengthwise and BBQ on both sides.

When the flesh of the eggplant is a medium brown and the eggplants are tender, spread the miso mixture over the flesh and return to the grill.

The eggplant is cooked when the flesh is tender and turns a medium brown.

Cook for a further 2 minutes. The miso sauce will start to bubble.

Spread the miso glaze over the flesh of the eggplant and cook further until the glaze starts to bubble.

Sprinkle with some sesame seeds and garnish with some leeks.

Serve immediately while hot and accompanied with a glass of sake.

Grilled Miso Eggplant (Dengaku Nasu).

You may like to try your hand cooking other Eggplant dishes. All are easy to master and taste delicious. Iím sure the Eggplant Fritters, Eggplant Burgers and Eggplant Chips will help convert your taste-buds to enjoying Eggplants as much as I do.

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