Argentinian-Style Grilled Eggplants

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants


Course Type: Appetizer

Country we are exploring: Argentina

Continent: South America

Official Languages: Spanish


Fun Fact your little ones will adore:
The oldest known dinosaur species have been traced back to Argentina and Brazil, some go as far back as 230million years ago, and well-preserved displays of their remains can be found in the Argentine National Historical Museum in Buenos Aires.

Did you know? (Bring to light a social issue that is affecting kids in Argentina)
Did you know that in Argentina, Children who don’t obey their teachers can be spanked?

Conversation Igniters:
When kids don’t listen to the teacher at your school, what is the consequence?

Learn More:

Now that we have learned a little bit more about Argentina, let’s cook.

English Recipe Name: Argentinian-Style Grilled Eggplant Recipe
Name of dish in Spanish: Berenjena Asada
Serving Size: 4

Ingredient spotlight: Garlic
Garlic has been used widely as a flavoring in cooking and used as medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases.
Garlic has been used all over the world for thousands of years. Records indicate that garlic was in use when the Giza pyramids were built, about five thousand years ago in Egypt. The original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic to improve their performance in the Games.
Eating garlic boosts your immune system, which means that it helps you fight the cold-weather colds and flu. Another reason to eat garlic is that it helps your heart work well.
Every year, a big garlic festival is organized in Gilroy, California where visitors have the chance to taste delicious garlicky meals. The best garlicky treat is of course the Garlic ice-cream!

• 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 “- 1-inch cubes
• 3 Small Italian Eggplants (4-6 ounces each)
• 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
• 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
• 1/2 teaspoon Dried Thyme
• 1 teaspoon Sweet or Hot Paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon Hot Pepper Flakes (optional)
• to taste Salt
• to taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants

Argentinian Style Grilled Eggplants

Big Chef Duties:
• Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  (In my case, I substituted a Panini Maker instead of a grill, and the eggplants came out beautifully)

• Cut eggplants in half length-wise, leaving stem ends intact.

• Lightly brush cut sides of eggplants with garlic-oil mixture and grill, cut side down, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.

• Lightly brush skin sides with oil mixture.

• Invert eggplants and brush tops with remaining oil.
• Continue cooking eggplants, cute side up until very tender, 6-8 minutes, or as needed.
• Set a large pot of salted water (approx. 5 liters) to boil.

Little Chef Duties:
• Mix garlic and olive oil in a small bowl.
• Combine oregano, basil, thyme, paprika and pepper flakes in separate bowl and stir to mix.
• Sprinkle tops with dried herb mixture and salt and pepper to taste.
• Add onions to the pan and fry them until golden brown.

Learn while you wait:

Do you know that there are “primary colors” and secondary colors?
With the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) we can make more colors, and those are called secondary colors!!!! Try it when you mix the red ketchup and the yellow mayonnaise, you’ll end up with an orange salsa, which the Argentinians refer to as “Salsa Golf”, just like the game Golf!

Garnish with basil and serve.

As they say in Argentina:
Buen Provecho!