Sara’s Cooking Tips: How to Sweat an Eggplant

Sara’s Cooking Tips: How to Sweat an Eggplant

Sara Angelo: Eggplant Parmesan is one
of our best-selling meals. I’d like to show you a little method that I’m sure you’ve heard
of. It’s sweating the eggplant. Okay, now we’ll first want to cut the stem
off on the top. And you want to cut enough to where you’re
clearing all of the callecks? because you don’t want it. Sometimes you’re going to have
some of the stem a little hard so you’ll want to cut that off. Now some people peel their eggplant. I leave
the skin on. I like the flavor. I like the taste. And also,
there’s a lot of vitamins. So you want to slice it. And when you slice it, you want to make it
again as evenly as possible so everything cooks evenly. After you slice it, you want to sprinkle little
salt on them. This is called sweating. And why you do this is because it also releases
some of the moisture. It gives it a kind of a sweet flavor. Now, the old Italian way is they put it into
a colander. Some people leave it on the board and let
it sweat that way. I put it on the colander because that was
the way I was taught from grandma. And then you put something heavy on it, a
plate. And let it sit there for awhile. We want to put a plate underneath to catch
all the moisture because it will sweat. And you’ll see the difference after you do
that on the flavor of the eggplant. It makes it kind of sweeter. From here, you would go on further and maybe
you want to do an eggplant parmesan or you may want to do just put it in the oven with
a little olive oil and garlic and just grill it. Put it on the grill or whatever. Michael Angelo: We invite you to try our wholesome,
homemade Italian meals and join the conversation about fresh ingredients at

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  1. I love the skin too – thanks for the info on sweating!  I've never done that.  My favorite way of cooking is just slice, dip slices in egg, then in cornmeal (seasoned, salt/pepper/garlic) and lightly frying – yummy!

  2. Thank you MAFieldtoTable, great recipe ! That’s the way my mom does it. I made a video “how to prepare eggplant”. My channel is about eco-friendly lifestyle and functional food/ Cynthia

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