Roasted Eggplant and Potatoes

tall eggplant and potatoes.jpgMy daughter-in-law, Amanda, gets me into a lot of trouble. She loves to shop around for cool but inexpensive china and kitchen wares at places like TJ Maxx and Ross.  Think she likes Goodwill too. She finds the BEST stuff.  I see it and then I want to shop the same places.  Of course, I find other stuff I don’t need, but might some day, so I have to buy it too.

See what I mean?

Hey Amanda, you know that purply-eggplant-colored dish you bought recently? Don’t you think this recipe would look good in it?  Might need one like it for Christmas—or my anniversary–or my next birthday. (Nevermind that it’s 10 months away.)

Amanda also gives me good ideas — like this variation on roasted veggies she found in Art Smith’s Kitchen Life cookbook.  When I first tasted it, I didn’t recognize the eggplant. Nor did I recognize the seasonings as dried salad dressing straight out of the packet. Doesn’t get any easier.

You won’t have trouble eating your vegetables when you put this on the table.

 

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Thanks Amanda.

Roasted Eggplant and Potatoes
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-5
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Roasted eggplant, zucchini, potatoes and mushrooms seasoned with salad dressing dry mix packet
Ingredients
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium potatoes, scrubbed but unpeeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Olive oil spray
  • One 0.7-ounce envelope salad dressing mix (I like ranch)
  • 2 medium zucchini, scrubbed but unpeeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ½ onion cut into thin wedges
  • 5 ounces mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Use a silicone baking mat or cover cookie sheet with sides with aluminum foil. Spray with olive oil (may substitute vegetable oil spray but I prefer extra flavor of olive oil).
  3. Toss the eggplant with salt and place in colander for 30 minutes to drain off bitter juices.
  4. Put the potatoes in a large bowl and spray with oil. Toss to lightly coat all pieces. Add ½ of salad dressing mix and toss again. Spread on prepared baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse eggplant well and pat dry. Put eggplant, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and red pepper in large bowl, spray with oil and toss with remaining dry salad dressing. Add to potatoes on baking tray and stir carefully. Continue roasting vegetables until tender about 30-40 minutes.

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Amanda December 17, 2009 at 7:49 am

Thanks for the nice post! You are the one that inspires me to try out new dishes!

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Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 14, 2009 at 12:40 am

That is a great tip to toss the eggplant in salt, and drain. I often forget and this step, but I will be sure to try it the next time.

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Mimi December 10, 2009 at 10:22 am

Roasted veggies are a favorite of our family. I have never tried them with a salad dressing mix, but I will now. I usually sprinkle them with basalmic vinegar and olive oil.
Mimi

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Sandy December 10, 2009 at 8:36 am

I have had this wonderful vegie dish a time or two at my daughter’s house. (Amanda)
It is awesome and something everyone seems to like. Thanks for sharing girls. Romaine, I know what you mean about the cool dishes. I have started looking for some myself. You both bring such joy to cooking.

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