Melanzana di Annamaria

Member Barbara Roy has graciously shared her dear friend Annamaria’s Eggplant recipe with the FDC community.

Annamaria is Barbara’s former neighbor who moved to Marblehead from Milano, Italia at age 80! After much convincing, she was finally coaxed into teaching Barbara the recipe, including the secret ingredient, LOVE!

It’s tried and true not only for all of Annamaria’s cooking life but also by a number of her FDC fans. If you still don’t have a go-to eggplant recipe, Barbara urges you to try this one. It’s both simple and delicious!

Barbara Roy's Eggplant

Melanzana de Annamaria

Melanzana di Annamaria
1 eggplant, diced
1 onion, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup water
Aromatics, to taste (salt, oregano, thyme)
Balsamic Vinegar, to taste

Combine eggplant and onion in sauté pan, cover with 1 – 2 tbsp olive oil. Add 1 tbsp tomato paste thinned with 1/4 cup water. Add aromatics and sauté over medium heat until desired doneness. At the end, add a couple drops of balsamic vinegar.

The eggplant comes out tender, fragrant, and delicious. Ready to be eaten as is, served over pasta, or any alongside a crusty piece of garlic bread. Or, as member Grace Taylor opted, atop a homemade pizza replacing traditional sauce.

Grace Taylor's Melanzana de Annamaria Pizza

Grace Taylor’s Pizza Adaptation