Grilled Eggplant Veggie Wraps
Serves about 2
1 eggplant, prep instructions below
3-5 mushrooms, sliced
2 stalks green onion, cut every 2 inches
fresh spinach leaves
several grape tomatoes, sliced in half
your choice of hummus, I used ANK's Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Directions: An hour and a half before mealtime, cut lengthwise down one third of the eggplant, and save the one third that has been cut off for another meal. With the remainder of the eggplant, cut the same side into very thin slices down the entirety of the eggplant. Stop slicing when the other one third of the eggplant is left, also reserve this for another meal. (So, by doing this, only the center 1/3rd of the eggplant, which is the longest part, has been made into thin slices for the wraps, and the rest of the outer 2/3rds are being saved for use in another recipe.)
Next, rub down each size of the eggplant slices lightly with salt (this will be washed off later, and very little of the salty taste will remain in the finished wrap) and place them in a strainer in the sink. I just learned that this is called purging, where the salt draws out the bitter taste that is in eggplants, and I found that it made the eggplants much more rollable for wraps. Allow the salted eggplant slices to purge for about one hour.
During this time you can prepare your ingredients for wrapping by cutting the green onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms. If desired, water saute the mushrooms in a skillet.
When the eggplant is done purging, under cool water rinse the slices of eggplant, while rubbing them to get as much of the salt off as possible. Using an outside grill, or a George Forman-like grill, grill each side of the eggplant for 5-8 minutes. The key is to not undercook the eggplant. If it doesn't have some burn marks, it's not done. Eggplant tastes much better when slightly overcooked than if you were to undercook it.
Once the eggplant has been grilled, smear on the hummus, pile on the veggies, and wrap it up. I found that it held nicely together when I used a toothpick. Serve with a side salad and enjoy!
Amy's Notes: This is more of a weekend recipe because waiting for the eggplant to purge took a while. The veggies that I put on my wrap were what sounded good to me, so feel free to put whatever you would like on yours. Next time I try this I think the combination of garlic hummus, kalamata olves, basil, and some steamed kale, sounds amazing!
Do you have a favorite nutritarian/plant strong eggplant recipe I should try with my 2/3 remaining eggplant not used in this recipe?