We’re still in grilling season, but the days are getting cooler…this clearly calls for a batch of Grilled Eggplant Soup!
Sometime back in the middle of the summer, we were walking through the mall with one of our friends. She was hungry and decided to drop into a healthy cafe for a snack. While she ordered a smoothie, I perused the menu. I wasn’t hungry, but I do think about food all day every day. So it was only natural that I read the menu for fun…tell me I’m not the only one who does this!
I noticed that the special of the day was Eggplant Soup. I thought this was a bit odd because it was the middle of summer, and a hot bowl of soup just doesn’t sound terribly awesome when it was somewhere north of 90°F outside. But I did stash that idea away for later in the year. Well, later in the year has arrived, and I’ve determined that it’s now an appropriate time of the year to serve Eggplant Soup.
Autumn in upstate New York brings crisp, cool nights and warm(ish) days. Since we’re still well within grilling season, I decided to grill up the eggplant first. (C’mon, are you surprised that I decided to use the grill for this recipe? Our grill is well-loved around here…just as long as it’s not -10°F outside.)
This recipe couldn’t be easier either! Just slice the eggplant and brush it with some olive oil and herbs. Once it’s got those nice grill marks on it, toss it into a pot with some chicken (or veggie) stock. Puree that bad boy up and you’ve got a tasty, comforting soup for the chilly days ahead! (And the grill flavor is most definitely noticeable in this soup.)
Unfortunately, eggplant is not the most attractive of veggies. Sure, a whole eggplant with its deep purple skin is gorgeous. But the inside of an eggplant? Eh, not as gorgeous. To solve the problem of serving a plain bowl of brownish soup, I garnished it up with some freshly chopped parsley and a bit of crumbled feta. (On a side note, we love feta cheese around here…so it’s no surprise that I went straight to the feta when I needed something to garnish this soup!)
As our days get cooler, enjoy the last bit of grilling season with this Grilled Eggplant Soup. It’s a healthy and delicious way to balance out the comfort food desserts that are sure to appear now that baking season is upon us! Enjoy!