This is a perfect pass around summer appetizer. The eggplant rounds are a great replacement for the usual baguette bruschetta. You can grill the eggplant well in advance, they do not need to be served warm. You can make the bruschetta topping several hours ahead, just remember, never refrigerate tomatoes! Put it all together last minute.

DIRECTIONS: (Serves 10)

Step ONE
GRILLED EGGPLANT ROUNDS: Preheat the grill to medium/high.

Step TWO
Slice eggplants in 1/4 – 1/2 inch rounds, layout on a large sheet of paper towel.

Step THREE
Sprinkle with sea salt and let stand for 20 minutes, the eggplant will sweat. Blot the slices dry with a paper towel.

Step FOUR
Brush each slice of eggplant with olive oil on both sides (don’t miss spots).

Step FIVE
Grill the slices for about 5 minutes per side, the slices should be golden brown on each side and a little crispy, you may need more time. Place the rounds on a platter.

Step SIX
BRUSCHETTA MIXTURE: Season the tomatoes with salt and put them in a colander to drain for 5-10 minutes (or longer). Transfer tomatoes to a bowl and fold in remaining ingredients, season with salt and freshly ground pepper

Step SEVEN
Top each round with the bruschetta mixture. Serve.

Ingredients

Perfect Grilled Eggplant Rounds:
2 small Eggplants
Sea Salt for sprinkling
Olive Oil for brushing on the eggplant

Bruschetta Mixture: 
1 box Cherry Tomatoes, each tomato sliced in 8 tiny pieces, chop 1/4 inch dice
Sea Salt to taste
1 clove Garlic, chopped finely
1/2 tsp dried Oregano
1 Green Onion, white and light green part only, chopped fine
5-6 Basil Leaves, chopped finely
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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