(Night)Shade in the Summer: Eggplant Parm + More

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Eggplant is the season’s secret weapon for amping up a casual party spread. This late-summer star shines with possibility, ready to be used in main dishes, sides and salads. Master these eggplant-centric recipes and you’ll have it made in the (night)shade.

Slay the crowd with this extra-cheesy classic (pictured above) that blankets fried eggplant in bright tomato sauce and bubbling layers of Parmesan, provolone and mozz.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Get props at the grill by adding char and chile-flecked glaze to the versatile vegetable.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Surprise ’em with this cake-like creation that’s actually a saucy mound of pasta enveloped in fried eggplant.

Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad; Giada De Laurentiis

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Tara Donne

Channel summertime flavors with this vibrant eggplant salad pumped up with toasted pine nuts, crumbled goat cheese and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Up your eggplant game with this guide and more go-to recipes.

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