Smoky Grilled Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Topping

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Smoky Grilled Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Topping
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  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants (about 2lbs. total), ends trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pounds tomatoes--stemmed, seeded adn finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO, plus more for brushing and drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • A pinch cayenne
  • 3/4 cup (about 4 oz.) diced ricotta salata

Preparation

Using a vegetable peeler, remove lengthwise strips of skin from each of the eggplants at 1-inch intervals. Slice each eggplant crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds (you should have 15 to 20 rounds). Arrange the eggplant on two paper towel/ lined baking sheets in a single layer. Rub the eggplant slices with the kosher salt and let stand until juices form, about 1 hour. Pat with paper towels to remove excess liquid.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, 3 tbsp. EVOO, mint, garlic, vinegar, crushed red pepper, cumin and cayenne; season with salt. Let stand until flavors meld, about 2 hours.

Preheat a grill to medium-high. Brush the eggplant slices with EVOO. Working in batches, if needed, grill the eggplant until charred and tender, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Arrange on a platter in a single layer.

Stir the cheese into the tomato mixture. Mound onto the eggplant slices and drizzle with EVOO.