Eggplant is one mighty vegetable. It has the power to take center stage on a dinner plate, thanks to its meaty texture, but because of its mild flavor, it’s also ridiculously versatile. It’s willing to take on pretty much any spice, aromatic, sauce, and cooking method you throw at it. And, if you’re looking for a dish that will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, there is no better solution than eggplant.
In honor of eggplant coming into peak season, here are 15 delicious ways — from eggplant parm to eggplant noodles (yes!) to eggplant stir-fry — to make this summer vegetable the star of the plate.