Most home cooks turned chefs who have sous vide kits are always pre-occupied with cooking sumptuous tender meat and the most mouthwatering fish. Fruits and vegetables sous vide are often left out without realizing that is provide a lot of stunning results.
Cooking vegetables sous vide usually takes between 25 minutes to 1 ½ hours. The tough vegetables take much longer. The longer you cook vegetables sous vide, the more it gets tender.
Once you place vegetables in a vacuum sealed bag for sous vide cooking, make sure to arrange them in a single layer. More gas is released by vegetables as compared to meat, so you need to check once in a while if the vacuum sealed bags are floating. Sous vide rack or any weight can keep the bags underwater.
Most vegetables are cooked sous vide at 83.90C or 1830F, sometimes higher. Vegetables will cook quickly at higher temperatures but will still have the same texture as when cooked in lower temperatures.
Cooking time and temperature will vary depending on the type of vegetable. Factors such as variety, ripeness and size will also have an effect. Thus, sous vide cooking time and temperature will be different with each kind of vegetable. Eggplants are usually cooked sous vide at 83.90C or 1830F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
What You Will Need
- Eggplants, 2 lbs
- 1 ½ cups Tomato Sauce, canned (350 ml)
- 2 oz (56 g) Parmesan cheese, grated
- 4 oz (112 g) “Italian Blend” cheese, grated
- 4 oz (112 g) Mozzarella, fresh and sliced thinly
- 2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- ¼ cup Basil, fresh
- 1 tbsp Breadcrumbs
- Heat water in a sous vide machine to 83.90C or 1830
- Peel the eggplants and slice into thin and small rounds. Toss in salt.
- Place eggplant in a colander. Let stand for 30 minutes to allow them to drain.
- After 30 minutes, rinse eggplant and pat dry.
- Place a layer of eggplant inside a plastic bag.
- Top eggplant with ½ cup of tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, grated blend and fresh basil.
- Place another layer of eggplant on top and top with ½ cup of tomato sauce.
- Vacuum seal the bag and place in water in a flat position.
- Cook for 3 hours.
- Release air from the bag twice during the first 30 minutes of cooking. For eggplants releases gas when it is being cooked
- After 3 hours, drain all the liquid from the bag.
- Placed the bag on a serving platter and carefully slide the eggplant layers to the platter. Let stand for 10 minutes and remove unnecessary liquid.
- Pour the remaining tomato sauce, breadcrumbs, grated cheese and parmesan cheese.
- Place on top of pasta.
This sous vide eggplant can also be served as a side dish to your main course. You can also use it as filling for an eggplant sandwich. Eggplants cooked using the sous vide method will result into an eggplant which is as soft as butter and extremely delicious. Although, it is cooked for a long period of time but it retains all its vitamins and nutrients.