How to Cook Cheesy Ensaladang Talong (Eggplant Salad)

Updated on September 23, 2019
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Cheesy ensaladang talong (eggplant salad)
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What Is Ensaladang Talong?

Ensaladang talong, or eggplant salad, is a common Filipino side dish for fried or grilled dishes. It typically consists of eggplant, tomato, onion, vinegar, and shrimp paste. In this recipe, I made my own version of eggplant salad, but I omitted some usual ingredients and I also decided to add cheese.

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Ingredients
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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 2 to 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 eggplants
  • 1/2 cup tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • cheese, grated, as needed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 2 large bowl
  • 3 medium bowls
  • knife
  • chopping board
  • measuring cups
  • grater

For Cooking:

  • pot
  • pan
  • tongs

Instructions

  1. Prick eggplants using a fork. Set aside.
  2. Pour water in a pot. Allow it to boil.
  3. Add eggplants. Cook until tender.
  4. Once the eggplants are tender, turn off the heat. Remove eggplants from the water. Allow them to cool down a little bit.
  5. Slit one side of each eggplant. Lay them out on a pan so they are wide open (skin side down).
  6. Mix chopped onion and tomato in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture on top of the eggplants. Add grated cheese on top.
  7. Cook cheesy ensaladang talong on the stove until cheese has melted. Make sure to cover the pan.
  8. Serve hot.

Step-by-Step: Cheesy Ensaladang Talong

Tips and Techniques

  1. Finish cooking the dish in the oven until the cheese has completely melted.
  2. Use easy-to-melt cheese.
  3. Remove eggplant skin if desired.
  4. Serve as a main dish or side dish.

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        7 weeks ago from California

        Hello Pamela,

        Same here. I really love the taste of cheese in any dish I'm cooking. So for sue this cheesy ensaladang talong is something you will surely like to eat for any meal.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        7 weeks ago from California

        Hi Linda,

        I am pretty sure that you'll enjoy this eggplant recipe. It's one of my favorite. I hope you try this cheesy ensadalang talong recipe.

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        Linda Crampton 

        8 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This sounds very flavorful. I'd like to explore the culinary possibilities provided by eggplant. Your recipe sounds like it would be a tasty and enjoyable part of the exploration.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        I think this sounds like a good dish. I like that you added the cheese.

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