Erin’s Adobo Eggplant Quesadillas

Erin's Adobo Grilled Eggplant Quesadillas / loveandlemons.com

Ciao from Italia! At the moment, our life is all about pizza, pasta and tomatoes. It’s amazing but every time I travel, the things I miss most are tacos and mexican-ish food. We made these quesadillas a few weeks ago but I could totally go for one right now!

Erin's Adobo Grilled Eggplant Quesadillas / loveandlemons.com

I often get questions about how to cook eggplant. My favorite and most foolproof method for non-spongy eggplant is to grill it. (If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can use a grill pan on your stove). I grill mine simply with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon or drizzle of balsamic; I then serve it with some arugula or sliced tomatoes.

But I’m in love with this recipe for grilled eggplant quesadillas that comes from my friend Erin (of Naturally Ella)’s new book The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen. The spices are so flavorful and the eggplant bulks up the quesadillas in a meaty-but-not-meaty sort of way.

Erin's Adobo Grilled Eggplant Quesadillas / loveandlemons.com

I know that so many of you are fans of Erin’s as well, so I’m sure lots of you already have her book, but if you don’t, put it on your list. It’s a super handy vegetarian guide to cooking with what you might have available seasonally or on hand. There are 50 base recipes and 3 unique versions of each. So pretty much any vegetarian meal you might want to make, she has a recipe for. Everything is made with whole grains and with fresh seasonal produce in mind.

I modified her quesadilla recipe just a tad. I mixed her spice rub with olive oil and used it as more of a chile sauce to brush onto the eggplant after I grilled it. (This kept my grill pan a little cleaner). I served the remaining sauce on the side of the finished quesadillas…  Jack gave this meal two speechless thumbs up. Because that’s how he says “this one is really good” as he stuffs the next quesadilla wedge in his mouth.

The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen by Erin Alderson

3.5 from 2 reviews
Erin's Adobo Eggplant Quesadillas
 
Adapted from The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen by Erin Alderson
Serves: serves 2
Ingredients
Adobo Seasoning:
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • ½ tablespoon onion powder (I skipped)
  • ½ tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (I used chipotle paste)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • pinches of salt and pepper
Eggplant
  • 2 small eggplant, sliced into ¼ inch pieces
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1½ - 2 cups shredded Taleggio cheese (I used Jack cheese)
  • handful of cilantro
  • lime slices, for serving
  • 4 whole grain tortillas
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the seasoning ingredients. (I added a few tablespoons of olive oil to this to make it a paste).
  2. Heat a grill pan to medium heat. Set the eggplant slices on a large plate and drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place eggplant on the grill, and cook for about 2 minutes per side, until dark grill marks form. Remove from the grill and generously brush both sides of the eggplant with the adobo paste mixture.
  3. Assemble quesadillas with the cheese, 3-4 eggplant slices and cilantro. Fold the tortilla over the toppings and grill each side of the quesadilla until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are charred on the outside (about 3 minutes per side). Press down with a spatula to help them along.
  4. Serve with extra adobo paste, lime slices and fresh cilantro.

 


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26 comments

  1. I LOVE eggplant but sometimes suffer from lack of creative ways to prepare it. This is so simple, but so absolutely perfect. Thanks for the recipe Erin, and thanks to you for sharing it here!

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  3. These look amazing and I agree that grilling eggplant is def the way to go!

    Alexe

  4. I’m in love with that adobo spice mix and I like that you used it as a dipping sauce too. Erin comes up with the most creative but also practical recipes!

  5. When I travelled to Europe I really missed Mexican food as well. They’re just not as into it over there as we are here in America! However, being in Italy, I’m sure you’re not missing out on delicious eats 😉 Hope you’re having a great time!

  6. Kate from cookieandkate.com on said:

    Yay! This is such a fun way to prepare eggplant. I’m not sure how I missed these in Erin’s book. Glad you guys are having a great time in Italy. I’m living vicariously through your Instagram pics!!!

  7. Charlie from lemonbutterlove.com on said:

    Looks yummy! Have fun in Italia – I’m about halfway through my Italy posts now (just posted Elba Island!), I’m looking forward to hearing your stories! – Charlie, http://www.lemonbutterlove.com

  8. Stephanie on said:

    This looks delicious! Thank you for the opportunity to switch it up when my 4 little eggplants growing in the garden get large enough to pick.
    My go-to marinade for eggplant, mushrooms, and tofu on the grill is Bragg’s Aminos, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and habanero-infused maple syrup. I love having each veggie get a different treatment, though, so now I have another way.

  9. Erin from naturallyella.com on said:

    Thank you for sharing the quesadillas and so glad you + Jack liked them! (Love the idea of the sauce too- I can imagine it would save the grill pan some grief!) Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Italy!

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  11. Ellier from rovinglights.wordpress.com on said:

    Eggplant (aubergine if we’re going to be British about it) is one of my favourite things right now. This looks delish!

  12. We have some eggplants in our garden that need to be used up, and this looks like a perfect recipe for them! Enjoy Italy, and eat all the pistachio gelato you can for me, okay? 🙂

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ha, done and done 🙂

  13. Eileen from hampiesandwiches.blogspot.com on said:

    These sound delicious! And who doesn’t want to eat more eggplant in every form? I certainly do. 🙂

  14. Convivial Boar from marrowandnectar.com on said:

    I enjoy your posts. I look forward to trying this eggplant recipe.

  15. Oh wow, that adobo paste sounds wonderful. I can already imagine its aroma when slathered unto freshly grilled eggplant! Great idea for sharing Erin’s dish, Jeanine!

  16. EIMIE from kamareimie.com on said:

    Eggplant is my favorite food, health, fresh and natural…
    Eggplant with chocolate or butter is very delicious mix..

  17. EAT ALL NITE on said:

    Hiii,
    Its a very healthy food.i like the way in which you tell us how to cook the eggplant
    i defeintly try it after reading your blog….

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  19. mil from watifhealth.com on said:

    amazing…sounds very delicious.i might try this at home.i love food but with proper cautions. thanks for sharing.

  20. Ben from sanchosmexican.com on said:

    These look pretty good but I am not a huge fan of eggplant…is there something else you might substitute for the eggplant? I need to do veggies but I am not sure what I should do. Thoughts?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Ben, you could grill any summer veggies you like – zucchini, summer squash, peppers, mushrooms, etc.

  21. Ania on said:

    Love it!

  22. Haley from Haleytetreault.com on said:

    This is seriously the best recipe EVER. This is just the right amount of spicy and fresh at the same time.

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