If I had fresh garden tomatoes and anything else minutes away growing right in the backyard, it would be here, keeping these company. At any rate, despite the more enlightened creations that an eggplant can inspire, the basic Southern instinct to batter and fry might very well lead to this:
Wow, those were good, eaten hot and lightly salted!
This is only for an occasional guilty pleasure, when the odds of arterial devastation have been hedged against with foods like, oh, salad, for long periods of time.
If it happens that YOU are the only one in your household who LIKES eggplant, this will win converts. If you even want converts...and don't want the plateful all to yourself :)