Poor Man's Steak (Bistecche dei Poveri)

January/February 1993

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Sweet, fragrant balsamic vinegar cuts the bitterness of the roasted eggplant and enables the health-conscious cook to cut back on the olive oil of the traditional version.

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Poor Man's Steak (Bistecche dei Poveri)

Makes: 6 servings

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  • 2 eggplants, (1 1/2 pounds total), ends trimmed, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Sprinkle eggplant with salt and drain in a colander for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Rinse the eggplant under cold water and pat dry. Arrange in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes, turn the eggplant over and bake for 5 minutes longer, or until golden brown and tender.
  4. Stir together oil, vinegar, mint, oregano and garlic in a small bowl. Season the eggplant with pepper and brush tops with the oil mixture. Serve at room temperature.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.


Per serving: 52 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 4 g fiber; 779 mg sodium; 271 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat

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