Eggplant or aubergine is a hugely versatile vegetable and there are many quick, easy and delicious ways to enjoy aubergine in all manner of dishes from around the globe.
Thanks to its texture and capacity to absorb spices, oils and flavours, there's also something remarkably satisfying about both cooking with and eating aubergine, especially when prepared in vegan and vegetarian recipes.
From the smokey richness of an aubergine dip, to the bite of a crispy coated slice of aubergine, or an unctuous slice of parmigiana, here are the easy aubergine recipes that will help you add more purple power to your menu.
Simple Eggplant Recipes
For the smokiest and most luxurious of dips try this ultimate aubergine recipe, and defy your guests not to fall in love with the mighty eggplant.
This stunning aubergine and carrot tart is a bit of a show stopper. What's more, it's gluten and dairy free.
Gently spiced eggplants served with warmed yoghurt show off the seductive notes of the aubergine to full effect.
Lasagne doesn't get much better than this rich and creamy pairing of eggplant and gorgonzola layered between fresh sheets of pasta.
This bold and satisfying vegetarian Italian bake lets the aubergine take centre stage alongside Mediterranean staples, mozzarella and tomatoes.
Re-live those Greek holidays with this classic favourite of meat and aubergines topped off with a creamy and wobbly béchamel sauce.
This wonderfully fragrant bright and vibrant salad will cheer up any table, whatever the season.
You don't have to miss out on pancakes when gluten is banished from your diet - tap into the delights of these eggplant pancakes with a hazelnut crunch instead.
Take your quinoa salad up a gear by adding in a succulent roasted eggplant and turn your dish into a complete meal.
Aubergine is the unanimous star of this classic sweet and sour Sicilian vegetable dish.
Thai eggplants work their magic in this lightly spiced and creamy Thai-influenced curry.
Looking for a vegan spin on eggplant? Look no further than this Asian-influenced tofu salad in a soy sauce dressing, topped off with sesame seeds.
This elegant dish of aubergine towers filled with a haddock puree with a horseradish kick serves as a great appetiser for a dinner party.
Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Fry up these schnitzels, set them down on the table and watch them go.