The 40 Minute Family Meal: An Early Autumn Grilled Gastrokid Feast

Img_9694_2Season confusion continues. Just when we thought it was braising weather, the thermometer hit 80 on Saturday and we felt the urge to grill. We had some eggplant. Some leftover Pita from Middleastern takeout. We had some Haloumi (that Greek and grillable cheese). Here’s what we did:

Grilled Japanese Eggplant With Honey and Mint
This might be my all time favorite way to cook eggplant.
The tender and slender smallish Japanese eggplant is the least bitter of varieties, and the honey only makes it more kid friendly.

6 or 8 or so Japanese eggplant, halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped (this is for the eggplant)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or rosemary, and/or sage), chopped (this is for the haloumi)
olive oil
salt
pepper

Heat grill (or grill pan) to medium. In a large bowl, toss the eggplant with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill eggplant, cut side down, for five minutes or so. Turn, and grill another five to ten minutes, until tender and a bit charred. Plate, and drizzle with honey and sprinkle with mint.

Grilled Haloumi
Cut Haloumi cheese into 3/4 inch steaks. Grill 3 or so minutes on each side, until grill marks appear, but before the whole thing melts into an unholy mess. Plate, and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with thyme (or rosemary, or sage)

Grilled Pita
Grill the pita. Cut into triangles.

Sauteed Spinach
6 cups baby spinach
2 cloves garlic, chopped
olive oil
a tiny pinch red pepper flakes
salt
pepper

After you’ve achieved the above, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, spinach, salt, and pepper. Sautee, stirring occassionally, until the spinach wilts.

Feast.
—Hugh

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One Response to The 40 Minute Family Meal: An Early Autumn Grilled Gastrokid Feast

  1. I am sure that all these recipes will be perfect for my family but this one is really great. Thank you for it! I am sure that it will help me to feet my picky eater son!

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