PREP TIME 30 MINUTES
Once you’ve charred them, you can drizzle these eggplants with your best extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with some coarse salt for a simple side.
2 small eggplants (about 1 pound total)
Prepare a hardwood-charcoal fire in a grill. Let coals cool to medium heat (coals should be covered with ash and glowing red with no black remaining).
Place eggplants directly on coals and cook, turning occasionally, until skins are blackened and flesh has collapsed, 10–15 minutes. (Alternatively, grill on the grate of a gas or charcoal grill over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, 15–20 minutes.) Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool slightly.
Carefully remove skins from eggplants, leaving stems intact. Place eggplants on a wire rack set inside the same rimmed baking sheet and let stand 30 minutes to allow excess water to drain. Just before serving, split lengthwise and serve.