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Grilled Eggplant Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese


Eggplant and Marinade
2 small eggplant, about 1/2 lb each
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
pinch black pepper
pinch cayenne pepper

Remaining Ingredients

26 pitted dates
2 1/2 ounces goat cheese

Large toothpicks or wooden barbecue skewers (tip: soak them in water for at least one hour before grilling, so that they don't catch on fire.)


Trim the ends of eggplant. Using a mandoline, cut the eggplant into 1/8" slices. (Discard the first piece, which will be all skin on one side.) You should get about 12-14 slices from each eggplant.

Whisk together the remaining marinade ingredients (water through cayenne pepper.

Arrange a single layer of eggplant slices in a baking dish and pour some of the marinade over it. Repeat with remaining eggplant and marinade, layering in the baking dish. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Meanwhile, carefully open each date (dates that have been pitted already should have a slit on one side.) Stuff each date with 1/2 teaspoon of goat cheese.

Preheat grill to medium-low heat, and oil the grates with cooking spray.

Pour the marinade off of the eggplant and discard. Take one slice of eggplant and carefully wrap it around a goat cheese-stuffed date, then push it on to a skewer. Repeat with remaining eggplant and dates.

Place the skewers on the grill, and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, until the eggplant is tender and lightly browned. Serve hot.

Note: only half the amount of marinade is accounted for in the nutritional information, since the eggplant does not absorb all of it.

Nutritional Information
Servings Per Recipe: 13
Serving Size: 2 dates

Amount Per Serving
Calories     76.0
Total Fat     2.4 g
Saturated Fat     1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat     0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat     1.1 g
Cholesterol     2.5 mg
Sodium     70.2 mg
Potassium     175.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate     13.4 g
Dietary Fiber     2.1 g
Sugars     9.4 g
Protein     1.8 g