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Garlicky Tomato and Eggplant Stacks

Garlicky Tomato and Eggplant Stacks | thefirstyearblog.com
Raise your hands if you like tomatoes! **throws hands in the air**

I love fresh tomatoes, cooked tomatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato soup, and salsa.. that counts because it’s mainly made of tomatoes, right?!

But, I do have to confess, I don’t like whole cherry tomatoes. I don’t like the way they burst in my mouth, it scares me every time! Is anyone else the same way? Good thing this recipes calls for SLICED cherry tomatoes :)

This recipe for garlicky tomato and eggplant stacks calls for eggplant, cherry tomatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Ingredients that you can find at any grocery store, right? Well.. not exactly.

Garlicky Tomato and Eggplant Stacks | thefirstyearblog.com
So I was going to use basil from our basil plant for this recipe, but I accidentally killed the plant, so I had to buy some at the grocery store. The first store I went to was all sold out because the basil was on super sale and everyone snatched it up before me. The second store I went to, I looked and looked for 15 minutes and I couldn’t find the basil or an associate to ask, so no luck. The third store I went to had basil, but only extra large containers for like $10, and all I needed were a few baby pieces. So I gave in and bought the large container of basil because the recipe needed basil.

Food blogger friends, do you ever give in and buy some ridiculous item or spend more than you wanted to get the ingredients you need? I hope I am not alone!

While I was grilling the eggplant slices, I kept having to dodge our new neighbors. They are scary and fly around with menacing looks – I am talking about cicada killer wasps. The internet says that they don’t sting unless provoked, but I would have felt much better if I had been wearing a bee suit while I was grilling. If you have any tips for getting rid of them, please tell me! I will give you the recipe for garlicky tomato and eggplants stacks in exchange :)

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Garlicky Tomato and Eggplant Stacks

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 eggplant
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Baby basil leaves, enough to top each stack
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shaved parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a grill or griddle to medium. Slice the eggplant into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices, brush them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the slices for about 3-5 minutes on each side, transfer to a dish to keep them warm.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat and cook the garlic for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes and sauté for 7-10 minutes, until soft.
  4. Arrange the eggplant rounds on a serving platter, top each one with a spoonful of tomatoes/garlic, top with a basil leaf or two and sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese.

Recipe adapted from 500 Appetizers by Susannah Blake


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  1. I was laughing with you at going to three stores just to get basil. I did something similar looking for mint recently! But I think it was worth it because these tomatoes look fantastic!

  2. I’ve actually NEVER cooked eggplant. Bad food blogger! This sound amazing, and I LOVE me some garlic goodness!
    Keeps away the vampires.

  3. If it’s wrong to want to eat these for breakfast, I don’t want to be right!

  4. What a fantastic idea for a summer appetizer! Just gorgeous!

  5. too funny about the cherry tomatoes…..I LOVE them! and love the burst of juice! lol

    these look wonderful!

  6. I’m raising my hands with you Beth! Our garden is pumping out lots of fresh tomatoes and I can not get enough! Love this!

  7. Looks delicious! I will have to give these eggplant stacks a try. Thank you!

  8. Um, those wasps sound terrifying! But dodging them was so worth it because these look fabulous. Also, I killed my basil plant too :)

  9. What a great use for eggplant! I love it!! And, yes, I find myself running to the store too many times in a week to get necessary items for the recipes I’m trying to share on my blog. :)

  10. Haha….totally wish certain ingredients came in sample sizes for those recipes that we need just a tiny bit ;) Love these cute stacks since I am gaga over eggplants and tomatoes :)

    • Kelly – you my friend, had a great idea! Sample sizes! Let’s implement that idea!

  11. Such gorgeous photos! And yes….I totally overspend. Every single week.

  12. awesome idea beth! definitely will be trying this recipe on the weekend as i have a housewarming party to throw and appetizers to provide! love it.. thanks for the idea!

  13. I LOVE, LOVE eggplants! These look awesome!

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