Three easy recipes for eggplant.
In Israel, there's a baba ghanouj (sometimes called baba ganoush) recipe for every taste. Even the smallest markets carry several versions of chatzilim (eggplant). Home cooks and restaurants alike relish the opportunity to tweak this classic, resulting in a multitude of interpretations for this Middle Eastern staple.
Try one of these three preparations, or make all three and serve as a trio of dips or a crowd-pleasing first course at your next get-together.
General Directions for EggplantLine stovetop with aluminum foil or burner covers. Turn a burner to high heat and place eggplant directly over burner grate, turning occasionally with tongs until all sides are charred and eggplant is soft, about 5 minutes per side or 15-20 minutes total. Remove to a baking sheet and let cool completely. Drain juices, remove skin and place eggplant pulp in the bowl of a food processor.
(I like my eggplant campfire-smoky--known as al ha'esh, or "on the fire" in Israel--but if the flavor is too strong, you can bake the eggplant on a baking sheet in a 400F oven for about an hour, then cool and skin the eggplant according to the directions below.)
Try this preparation, or try Eggplant Salad with Red Pepper and Scallions, Eggplant with Mayonnaise, or make all three and serve as a trio of dips or a crowd-pleasing first course at your next get-together.<<< Less
Prepare eggplant according to directions above and place in the bowl of a food processor.
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