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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Living In: Crestline, California, USA
Cathy Myers is looking for: (2 recommendations)
Hi everyone! For dinner,I'm making arancini in a pool of my marinara sauce (actually already made from a previous meal and frozen), hot Italian sausage and peppers and would like to roast zucchini and a Japanese eggplant for a veggie side dish. Must I peel the eggplant or will the peel soften sufficiently from roasting? Thanks, friends!

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Last updated: May 17, 2014 3:16 pm
Posted: May 17, 2014 2:07 pm
Commented by: manella
May 17, 2014 2:11 pm
Hi Cathy, i hope your feeling better. I don't peel the eggplant but i don't think i have had a Japanese eggplant. Is there a difference? If not i would slice it put the slices on a cutting board tilted, salt them and let them drain for about 15-20 minutes then dry with a paper towel..
May 17, 2014 2:11 pm
Sorry then cook as planned:))
Cathy Myers
May 17, 2014 2:17 pm
Thanks so much, Manella! Japanese eggplants are small and thin tubes, a little bigger than a large cucumber. I'm steadily getting better. Meds are finished and coughing spells aren't quite as violent, sleeping better - all in all, I'm slowly making a come back. Thank you for asking, my friend!
May 17, 2014 2:20 pm
Good to know your getting better. I would cook it with the peel on, to me if you peel it it will be mushy, and eggplant is mushy enough:))))
May 17, 2014 2:24 pm
Take good care of yourself Cathy!!!
Cathy Myers
May 17, 2014 2:28 pm
Thanks, Manella, will do. And thank you for the eggplant tip. Be well, my friend!
Commented by: Candice
May 17, 2014 2:11 pm
You can only imagine that I wouldn't know such a thing! Just wanted to check on your health!
May 17, 2014 2:18 pm
That was really me, Cathy! Candice WOULD know such a thing as that!
Cathy Myers
May 17, 2014 2:21 pm
Oh Candice, my darling sister! Tears fill my eyes to see you on line when so close to the LV Saturday Round Up! I'm slowly making a come back but still lack the energy to leave the house. Randy continues to have the patience of Job! Such a good man! I will be calling a little later to say hello to everyone. Enjoy, enjoy every minute, my sister!
Cathy Myers
May 17, 2014 2:27 pm
My Marianne! Aren't you and Russ suppose to be in San Francisco? Are you "Candice" 'cuz she used your computer? Didn't that happen some other time? I'm spending tons of money ordering summer clothes on line to stave off the boredom ill health brings! Sigh....... Have a wonderful trip, my beautiful friend!
May 17, 2014 2:37 pm
Hi Cathy, glad to see you feeling better! I never peel eggplant. I may be wrong, but ii think there are nutrients in the peel and it is certainly edible after roasting.
Cathy Myers
May 17, 2014 2:47 pm
Thank you, BSM! I have sliced the eggplant in 1 inch chunks and salted with sea salt. It's draining now as Manella suggested. Thanks for helping a sister out, friends!
May 17, 2014 2:48 pm
We haven't left yet. Yes, it has happened before. It's one of their little problems! Or my computer's. Sounds like you'd better get healthy soon so you don't spend all your money!
Cathy Myers
May 17, 2014 3:13 pm
No kidding! LOL!
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