Here’s another dish where the main flavor is heavily influenced by leftovers (food is never wasted in the Caribbean?). There are many variations of this eggplant recipe, but this time we’ll be using left over stewed pork to add another level of flavor and make it more exciting for our taste buds. Hot sada roti or rice is boss with this, but this day I had it with some buss up shut roti I had in the freezer. Tip: If you ever have extra roti (doesn’t work well for sada roti)or if you go to the the local Caribbean restaurant… purchase extra roti. Simply place them in freezer-proof bags and stick them in the freezer. I have roti for months in our freezer and when I’m peckish.. in the microwave and I’m set.
2 lb eggplant
3 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 large onion
dash black pepper
1 cup water
1 large potato
1/4 scotch bonnet pepper (anything for a bit of kick)
2 tablespoon veg oil
leftover stewed pork (I had about 2 cups)
Notes: This dish is just as good without the pork. You can also use leftover stewed chicken or beef and adding some bits of salted cod, works well also. This eggplant dish is also known as “baigan and aloo” – eggplant and potato and can be cooked as a curry dish. There are a few versions of this eggplant recipe posted here, in the event you’re interested.
The first thing we need to to do is peel and chop the (wash) eggplant and the other ingredients. You can always refer to the video below to follow along. Using a sharp pairing knife (you can use a potato peeler also) trim off the stem, peel the eggplant, then cut into cubes about 1 inch or so. I’ve seen this recipe done with the skin on, so the choice is yours. Also peel and cube the potato and chop the scotch bonnet pepper, garlic and onion. This way we’re fully prepped!
Heat a deep saucepan on med/high heat and add the vegetable oil (a good option would be olive oil if you have no plans of adding meat to this dish – excellent flavor from that olive oil), then add the sliced onion and garlic. Turn your heat down as we want to slowly cook the onion/garlic for a 3 minutes, to release it’s flavor. After 3 minutes, turn the heat back up to med/high and add the scotch bonnet pepper and cubed eggplant. Give it a good stir, then add the salt and black pepper..stir. Now add the cubed potato and water and bring to a boil.
With the lid on the pot it should take a couple mins to come to a boil. As it comes to a boil, turn your heat down to a gentle simmer (lid on) and cook for 20 minutes. You will notice the eggplant will discolor and start melting down. That’s cool.. just remember to stir.
The eggplant will sprout it’s own juices, so with this and the water we added, there will be enough liquid to fully cook both the eggplant and potato. After 20 mins, add the pieces of stewed pork and give it a good stir. You will have a bit of liquid, so remove the lid and cook for about 5-7 minutes until is nice and thick. The dish is supposed to be mushy and to be honest.. not as attractive as other dishes I’ve shared.
Taste for salt as you’re tolerance for salt will be different than mine.. adjust and enjoy!
I urge you to give this eggplant recipe a try as many of us don’t give eggplant a fair chance and it’s quite tasty. That lovey sort of smokey undertones, spiced up with the scotch bonnet pepper and how could one miss the stewed pork.. Excellente! Below I’ve also included a video showing how simple it is to shop for the perfect eggplant. Do remember to leave your comments below.