Recently on an expat forum, someone threw out that it would be fun to get ideas on something different to cook, asking friends for recipes.
The Gastro-Casa Throw down in on—- Something starting with an A— I said almonds….. but aubergine came out. We are almost all American so I am not sure who really calls eggplant aubergine in America or Americans living in Italy, but I am game.
I adore eggplants in anyway I can get them, but right now I am craving strange flavors and went for an easy Baba Ganoosh recipe.
As is in my style, I made it easy.
I don’t salt or do anything to my eggplant, I didn’t slow roast it and then let it sit in a bag.
I simply cut it, skin and all, into small cubes and sauteed in olive oil with garlic and salt.
When soft, I let it cool and pureed with tahini, lemon, olive oil and some water.
My husband who hates eggplant adored it, so much I made it two times in one week.
Simple Baba Ganoush
1 eggplant, cut into small cubes
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
salt (to taste)
2 tbs Tahini sauce
juice of a lemon ( to taste)
water to thin
Saute the eggplant cubes and garlic in olive oil, I like to use a lot as eggplant soaks up quite a bit.
Add salt,this will bring some of the water out of the eggplant and also add flavor.
Stir to cook evenly.
Puree with the tahini, lemon juice, more olive oil.
Add a little water to create a smooth sauce.
For a little kick I also add chili into the mix but you can also serve on the side or sprinkle on top.
I think it tastes better then next day when the flavors have blended.
Pretending I was having an “arab” meal, I bought pita and made a “Carrot” falafel, using a recipe from Abruzzo.
200 grams carrots, grated
200 grams breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan
salt to taste
mix everything together and make “Falafel” and pan fry until golden on both sides.
To serve my bab ganoush, I toasted some pinenuts and added warmed extra virgin olive oil and some ground chipolte pepper I have in my pantry.
Here are some more Italian eggplant recipes I have online:
I LOVE EGGPLANT