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When we say eggplant, you say Parm. But this nightshade is more than just tomato sauce and cheese. There are tons of other recipes that showcase this hearty veggie, whether it’s baked, fried, roasted, grilled or stuffed. Here are 20 unexpected side dishes to try.

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Smoky Grilled Eggplant

Don’t forget the garlic dill sauce.

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Roasted and Stuffed Baby Eggplants

Aren’t these the cutest?

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Roasted Eggplant Panzanella with Capers, Olives and Pine Nuts

Every salad should involve bread.

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Stuffed Eggplant

Tip: You can swap the quinoa for rice or couscous.

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Eggplant Parm Casserole

Comfort food, right this way.

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Eggplant Parm Bites

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Eggplant Pizza

You won’t believe how easy it is to throw this together.

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Close your eyes and you’re in Provence.

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Miso Glazed Eggplant

So simple and flavorful.

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Eggplant Rollatini

Time to pop open a bottle of red wine. (Thanks, Gaby Dalkin, we’ll be over in ten.)

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Eggplant, Sweet Pepper and Bechamel Gratin

A homemade sauce that’s out of this world.

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Oven Baked Eggplant Fries

A healthier way to satisfy that salty craving.

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Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Tomatoes and Scallion Miso Butter

We’re swooning over the flavors in this dish by Coterie member Jodi Moreno.

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Curry Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Soup

Best enjoyed on cold winter nights.

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Italian Turkey and Tomato Basil Eggplant Roll Pasta Bake

You’ve so got this.

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Honey Baked Eggplant

All done in one skillet.

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Roasted Tiny Eggplant with Muhammara and Feta

Try something completely different.

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Grilled Eggplant Panzanella

Extra croutons are always a plus.

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Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant

This delicious sauce soaks right in for maximum flavor.

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Julie’s Stuffed Eggplant Boats

Coterie member Monique Volz knows exactly how to transform this versatile vegetable.

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