Easy Weeknight Dinner: Tomato, Eggplant and Feta Bake

 Tomato, Eggplant and Feta Bake by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

Put fresh garden flavors on your table with this easy-to-make side dish that is sure to satisfy. The bold, Mediterranean flavors of this recipe will have you wondering how it can be so robust and still so light. The softened eggplant is hearty and a great base for the herbs and acid from the fresh tomatoes. The feta softens up just a bit and adds just the right amount of saltiness. If you don't have white wine, you could probably sub out a quarter cup of chicken stock and get similar results.

In truth, I created this dish from ingredients that were left over from a client shoot. There were more baby eggplants and tomatoes than I needed, but I wasn't quite sure where to go with them. I already had roasted chicken planned and thought this would be a great side. It was the perfect addition that night, but I have continued to make this dish many times since then.

savour... using what you've got


Tomato, Eggplant, and Feta Bake

serves 4-6

The ingredients:

  • 3 baby eggplants
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped + more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
 Tomato, Eggplant and Feta Bake by Sam Henderson of Today's Nest

The instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. Slice the baby eggplant about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to oil and sauté for 1 minute. Add wine, oregano, red pepper flakes, and eggplant slices and cook until softened, but not mushy (about 5-7 minutes).
  4. Add tomatoes and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Toss with feta cheese and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Pour the mixture into a large baking dish or divide it among several smaller baking dishes. 
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Garnish with fresh oregano just before serving.