Eggplant used to intimidate me. I was always told that if you didn’t prepare it right the eggplant would turn out bitter, so I think I avoided making it myself and just stuck to ordering it when I went out to eat.
This year I decided to plant Japanese eggplant in my garden, so I guess that meant I would have to learn how to work with it. I have one Japanese eggplant plant in my garden and it has just gone nuts. I pick at least 10 eggplant on a weekly basis!
I simplified the recipe by leaving out the lemon since I like to prepare a ton at a time and want to be able to use it throughout the week for different purposes (not every meal lends itself to lemon). I also use about 1/2 that amount of oil and found that I only need to roast them for about 18-22 minutes (maybe my eggplant are small?). The first time I made this recipe I roasted the eggplant for the full 40 minutes and found them too be a little too mushy for my taste.
Scoring the eggplant as she suggests really allows the garlic flavor to get in there and they turn out so pretty.