From Mediterranean Flavors by Maria Jose Sevilla (Clarkson Potter, 1995)

Grilled Eggplants with Fresh Mint and Balsamic Vinegar


2 young eggplants
6 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
5-6 fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled, blanched and chopped

Cut the eggplants across into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place them in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain for about 30 minutes. Rinse the eggplants and pat dry with paper towels. Brush them with a little of the olive oil, place under a preheated grill and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side until charred and tender.
Meanwhile, whisk the rest of the oil, the vinegar, mint, garlic and a little salt.
Dress the eggplants with this mixture while they are still hot. Set aside to cool. Serve with roasted preserved peppers and zucchini as a first course.
Serves 4.