Eggplant is one of the best versatile fruit out there (yes, it's actually a fruit). It's great as a side dish or on its own as the main star of the meal.
From babaganoush to eggplant parmesan, eggplant works as a great substitute for meat too. Its somewhat spongy texture turns to a rich, soft creamy texture when cooked that holds on flavor really well.
Fact: While it's generally thought of as a vegetable, eggplant is actually a fruit. Eggplant falls under the category of a berry because it contains small, edible seeds.