It’s the vegetable to be gushed over at brunch and the one worth of recipe swapping at book club. And if it’s on the menu with the Parmesan descriptor attached, all bets are off — we’re ordering it. Sturdy yet tender, filling but wholesome, the eggplant is the king of meatless for a reason.
Though it works as a standup main course, the following dishes speak to eggplant’s versatility as we transform it into easy, hand-held starters. Each of these small bites helps to ring in a meal with flair. Call them finger foods, call them bite-size — either way, compact eggplant appetizers are a lovely way to kick off dinner.
To start, Giada’s Mini Eggplant Parmesan are reminiscent of the classic dish, though they’re not engulfed in tomato sauce and cheese. That way, you can pick them up with your hands for easy eating. Similarly, Food Network Magazine’s Eggplant Ricotta Bites (pictured above) are crispy and to the point. Each circle is topped with a dollop of ricotta and a sprinkling of diced tomatoes.
Getting kids to try new foods and flavors can be about as easy as putting them to bed early. Practically impossible. That’s why I do a few things with our brood:
Keep It Sweet: When I make Asian noodles at home, I use a combination of honey, soy sauce and a very small amount of fresh ginger.
Include Known Favorites: I like adding three veggies, including at least one that each child likes and, if possible, one new one for them to try (or try again). That way, everyone is already excited by what they see on the plate.
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The Great Food Truck Race not only tests to see that the food truck teams can make good food and earn their share of profits, but it also tests the teams’ resilience in off-the-cuff challenges. At the end of each week, the team with the least amount of sales goes home, but oftentimes a win in a truck stop challenge can move a team from last place to the winner’s circle. It’s anyone’s game.
Any fan who has watched the show these past three seasons might remember how crazy some of the challenges have been. And Season 4, which begins August 18 at 9pm/8c, will be no different. But until the season premiere, here’s your chance to prove your knowledge to see how well you remember the teams and challenges from the last three seasons.
Test Your Knowledge: The Great Food Truck Race
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In Season 2, Korilla BBQ was disqualified after it was discovered they had cheated by ___
Ignoring the speed bump challenge
Stealing money from another team's till
Adding their own money to the till
Rigging the truck stop challenge
In Season 3, Momma's Grizzly Grub was penalized for an accident involving a ___
Season 2 saw the prize money increase from $50,000 to how much?
In Season 3, Nonna's Kitchenette and Seoul Sausage faced off in a challenge that required them to create a New England-style lobster dish. The losing team was punished with ___
Walking the plank three times each
Shucking 6 bushels of clams
Losing a member of the team for the day
Going lobster fishing for the day
In season 1, which team donated 15 percent of their profit during a challenge to help out a little league baseball team?
Spencer on the Go
Nom Nom Truck
Austin Daily Press
In Season 3, a speed bump required the teams to abandon their truck and sell from a ___
Hot dog cart
Food court kiosk
Which season had its finale in New York City?
Every season of The Great Food Truck Race has featured truck stop challenges that were somewhat over-the-top. Which has not been a truck stop challenge?
Butchering a whole pig
Cooking with roadkill
Foraging in the forest for mushrooms
Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean
Which season featured a challenge that saw the teams cooking five-course meals at a rustic farm using frontier equipment?
Which current Food Network Star, Season 9 competitor was a contestant on Season 2 of The Great Food Truck Race?
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