This Japanese preparation is one of our favorite ways to cook eggplant.
Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Brush the cut sides liberally with:
Roast cut side down on the baking sheet until the eggplant is slightly softened and just beginning to brown around the edges, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix in a small bowl until smooth:
Remove the baking sheet from the oven, turn the eggplant halves over, and brush or spread the miso mixture onto the cut sides. Turn on the broiler, return the sheet to the oven, and cook until well browned and starting to char in spots, about 5 minutes.
Excerpted from The Joy of Cooking, updated and revised by John Becker and Megan Scott. © Scribner, 2019.