To be honest, eggplant has always scared me. I don’t really understand the texture or the flavor. I tried an experiment with eggplant a few years ago that was a tremendous disaster (learned that chipotle eggplant soup = really gross).

During my weekly produce perusing adventure, I came across these beautiful Graffiti Eggplants from Holland. Enough time had passed for me to give the funky little vegetable another go.

eggplants

For more interesting flavors (and to make it less eggplant-ie), I roasted them with fresh onions and a jalapeno then tossed the mixture in fresh grapefruit juice. A little help from some EVOO, sea salt, and cracked pepper turned this roasted veggie dish into a recipe for the repeat list.

It’s light, refreshing, and goes really well with some baked mustard chicken.

Enjoy!

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant ingredients

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

Roasted Grapefruit Eggplant

5 from 1 vote
By Cassy
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 cup cooked
For more interesting flavors (and to make it less eggplant-ie), I roasted them with fresh onions and a jalapeno then tossed the mixture in fresh grapefruit juice. A little help from some EVOO, sea salt, and cracked pepper turned this roasted veggie dish into a recipe for the repeat list.

Ingredients  

  • 3 small/medium-sized eggplants
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 large jalapeno
  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Rinse all your vegetables.
  • Chop the eggplant into about 1 square inch pieces.
  • Roughly chop the onion to about the same size as the eggplant.
  • De-seed the jalapeno by cutting in half and scraping out the seeds + membrane with a spoon.
  • Cut the jalapeno into about ¼” cubes.
  • Combine all the vegetables into a bowl.
  • Top with 1 Tbl of grapefruit zest (about the entire grapefruit).
  • Cut the grapefruit in half and squeeze all the juice onto the vegetables.
  • Add the EVOO, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Pour onto aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Place in oven for about 22 minutes.
  • Stir halfway through.
  • Let cool, top with freshly chopped parsley, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 678kcal | Carbohydrates: 132g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 4691mg | Potassium: 3924mg | Fiber: 51g | Sugar: 76g | Vitamin A: 3774IU | Vitamin C: 148mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 5mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup cooked
Calories: 678
Keyword: grapefruit eggplant, roasted eggplant

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Cassy Joy Garcia, NC

Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.


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  1. They are beautiful! I didn’t even know they existed, but now I am keeping my eye out for one or three! Thanks for sharing 🙂