I want to learn how to make similar style eggplant roll. I cook eggplant many times, but I have no clue how to make the eggplant moist but not wet. I see the eggplant in trader joe's eggplant roll, it is exactly what I want. Should I bake the eggplant?

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    I guess this is eggplant wrapped around something, and you're trying to get a good texture for that? If not, can you describe what you're getting at Trader Joe's, or even provide a picture?
    – Cascabel
    Apr 21, 2014 at 1:00
  • I've had marinated eggplant that was soft enough to fold, but still firm enough to hold a filling ... I have no idea if that's what Trader Joe does, though.
    – Joe
    Apr 22, 2014 at 14:00

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We have used this recipe as a template for eggplant wrap type dishes.

In this recipe example they use a grill but you can also use a rack inside the oven either baking or broiling:

PREAHT a stovetop grill pan or outdoor grill over high heat.

CUT the eggplants lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices (about 6 slices each eggplant).

BRUSH the eggplant slices evenly with olive oil on both sides.

GRILL the eggplant slices in batches for 3 minutes each side.

ALLOW to cool slightly



The trick is to draw out moisture from sliced eggplant before cooking - sweating and draining.

This isn't like sweating vegetables over heat - you salt both sides, and place between layers of paper towels for an hour or two. This will draw out the excess moisture while seasoning the eggplant - your roll will be less watery and less bitter.

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