Berenjena Rellena (Stuffed Eggplant)

Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 2 medium eggplants 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 medium red onion, chopped fine ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine 1 cup breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted ½ teaspoon cinnamon Salt and pepper Juice of 1 lemon Serve with chunk of bread PREPARATION […]

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Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Serves 8 Ingredients 1 large eggplant 2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 ounces Greek Yogurt ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine ¼ cup fresh lemon juice Directions Preheat oven […]

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Eggplant Dip

Serves 6 Ingredients 1-2 globe eggplants (totalling 2 lbs), peeled and coarsely chopped 2 red onions, coarsely chopped 1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1-2 garlic clobes, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh oregano Juice of one lemon – about 2½ tablespoons 2-3 tablespoons roasted tahini (sesame paste) ¼ cup […]

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Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Tomatoes and Zucchini Mint Salsa

Serves 6-9 Ingredients 2 large globe eggplants, sliced thin, long ways Salt & pepper Olive oil 3 medium tomatoes, roasted and chopped small 3 cloves garlic, roasted and chopped small 1 medium yellow onion, roasted and chopped small 1 small zucchini, roasted and chopped small 2 teaspoons lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ cup […]

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Grilled White Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

Serves 6 Ingredients 2 small white eggplants (about 1 pound each) cut into ½ inch thick slices the long way Sesame oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine 1 shallot, chopped fine 2 red chilis, deseeded and chopped fine 1 teaspoon lime zest 1 tablespoon peanut butter 2 tablespoons tamari 2 tablespoons yuzi rice vinegar Juice […]

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Pomegranate Glazed Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Mint

Serves 4. INGREDIENTS 1 medium eggplant, sliced into 1 inch sliced of the whole eggplant Salt ½ cup pomegranate syrup ½ cup feta cubed into bite size pieces ½ cup fresh mint leaves torn into little bits PREPARATION Prepare a grill to medium heat. Sprinkle eggplant with salt and brush with pomegranates syrup. Grill on […]

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Santorini Roasted Eggplant

Serves 6-8 Ingredients 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine 4 medium baby eggplants, cut in half 2 medium red onions, cut in half 3 medium tomatoes, cut in half 1 red pepper, cut into thick long strips ¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped Olive oil Salt and […]

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Sauteed Baby and Thai Eggplants with Basil and Peppers

Serves 6 Ingredients Sesame oil Canola oil 1 red chili, deseeded and chopped fine 4 cloves garlic, chopped fine 2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated 1 red pepper, cut into 2 inch thin strips 1 orange pepper, cut into thin strips 1 yellow pepper, cut into thin strips 8 eggplant (small baby and thai style) halved […]

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Shrimp with Sweet Basil, Purple Eggplant and Peppers

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons mirin 2 tablespoons soy sauce A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined 3 tablespoons canola or peanut oil 1 purple eggplant, cubed 1 red bell pepper, chopped ½ cup water 1 small chili, chopped fine 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine 2 […]

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Smokey Eggplant Mousse

One of the truly most decadent dishes I have ever tasted in Israel is the many versions of eggplant mousse. A longtime fan of baba ganoush, I was skeptical a few years ago when I tried my first version of this classic Middle Eastern staple in a mousse form. I am not the biggest fan of French technique cooking; I find the raw grittiness of food in a more pure form typically attracts me greater than dishes that are over concocted. But even so, I am willing to try anything (except liver), and so I did. To my amazement, I fell in love with eggplant made into a mousse. There is something so luxurious about the texture and taste. There are several different version of the dish of course and I typically and happy with most, some more lemony, others more cuminy, while my favorites tend to be smoky and herbaceous tasting with lots of sumac and paparika. I guess the point to all of this is don’t underestimate the mousse and certainlyy let’s keep eating baba ganoush, but don’t overlook a smokey eggplant mousse if you come across one and this recipe is my best recollection of the best I have had, combined with hot grilled flat bread you can sit in complete luxury even all alone, and indulge in this one of a kind dish.

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Sweet-and-Sour Eggplant Pickle

Makes 1 quart INGREDIENTS 1-pound Japanese or small Italian eggplants, or 1 large (1¼ to 1½ pound) eggplant, stemmed 2 teaspoons salt 1 cup rice wine vinegar 1½ cups loosely packed light brown sugar 1 cup canola oil ½ tablespoon chopped garlic ½ tablespoon chopped fresh ginger 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper DIRECTIONS If using Japanese […]

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