A culinary shape shifter, a mighty meat alternative, even an object of desire — have we gotten our point across that eggplant is a nightshade of many incarnations? Although we classically think of origami as the Japanese tradition of paper folding, modern definitions might allow for the folding of any form to invoke the name of that art. In which case, it's fair to say that eggplant origami is definitely a thing, and it may just be eggplant's most beloved role yet.
1. Fold up a bouquet of eggplant roses.
These aubergine roses should have a place in all our hearts. With just four simple ingredients and a twirl of the eggplant, a stunning appetizer can be put together in mere minutes. Thin slices of eggplant are overlapped and rolled onto themselves to create a beautiful rose presentation. Eggplant roses are pure ignition for a love affair with all things eggplant (read: these roses are just plain delectable!).
2. Make a pan of eggplant rollatini.
Eggplant rollatini takes advantage of eggplant's shape-shifting sensibilities and turns them into simple comfort food. Imagine all the cozy flavors of lasagna — warm tomato sauce, creamy ricotta, rich mozzarella cheese — tucked into a pocket of pure pleasure. Eggplant rollatini is just that.
3. Transform the garden egg into eggplant noodles.
Everyone is noodling vegetables the days, but eggplant noodles have been an excellent alternative to pasta since the '80s. While eggplant noodles don't require any actual folding (they're simply made on a mandoline), they do have the ability to absorb any flavor they come in contact with, thus transforming them from plain to palatable with very little effort.
What are your favorite forms of edible origami?