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A note about eggplant:
I know there are different notions about whether or not to press or salt eggplant to remove any bitterness. My recommendation is to always press or salt your eggplant unless you are using a very mild or baby variety, and there are several such as the beautiful Rosa Bianca pictured here. This eggplant, an heirloom variety very common in Italy, is sweet, tender, creamy tasting and would not need pressing or salting.
Slice eggplant and layer it with paper towels in a baking dish or casserole topped with a plate. Then put an iron or heavy cans of tomatoes on top to weight it down pressing for about 2-3 hours is enough, all of the bitter juices will have transferred to the paper towels leaving sweet eggplant slices.
This method works especially well before frying