I’m a member of OGA: Overambitious Gardeners Anonymous.
It’s not a bad thing to be part of. If you’re a gardener, you may have found yourself a part of it as well. You go starry-eyed when looking through a seed catalog. Forget Christmas – the best time of the year is when your local garden center starts lining aisles with varieties of seed packets, irrigation systems, and bags of fertilizer! Suddenly, you find yourself with armfuls of new seedlings you’ve bought or grown, enough for a small village, and are beaming with glee…
…except you only have a tiny raised bed and only a small number of mouths to feed.
And, if you’re me, you forget to stagger your garden so that you have an even crop throughout the season. So, mid-to-late summer comes and it is squashes, tomatoes, and eggplants, oh my! You are faced with three decisions: let everything rot in despair, donate to your local food shelter, or get creative.
This year I planted six or so eggplant plants, both Black Beauty variety and a few oriental varieties. Compared to my 20+ tomato plants, this was nothing. The problem is…I’m the only one in my house that likes eggplant! I took it as my personal mission to change this. I started cooking eggplant a handful of different ways until I found recipes that we could all like, determined to bring my family to the Eggplant Is a Great Vegetable side of the tracks. Eggplant lasagna, eggplant fries, baked breaded eggplant…I did it all!
My creamy eggplant soup was the biggest hit, by far. In our household, the hardest part of eggplant to adjust to is the texture. Depending on how it is prepared, cooked, and what variety the crop is from, eggplant can be kind of… squishy. Creamed soup eliminates the texture complication!
After several requests, I am sharing the recipe! I hope you all enjoy it as much as our family has.
This is a dairy-free smoky, herbed eggplant soup that is full of subtle flavor. It is especially perfect for a cool fall or winter morning (especially when you add a dash of cayenne pepper to it!). It is a thick and smooth soup; I adore hearty creamed soups. If that is not your taste, it can easily be thinned with the addition of more broth.
Let me know in the comments if you try it and what you thought!