Friday, December 10, 2010

Marinated Eggplant with Garlic and Herbs

Marniated Eggplant with Tahini Sauce
Serves: 4

1.5 lb. / 750g eggplants
Olive oil for brushing
Salt and pepper for seasoning
1 mild red chili or 3-4 mild yellow chilies
2 tbsp coriander/cilantro, finely chopped
2 tbsp sweet marjoram, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Tahini Sauce:
1/3rd cup / 75g tahini paste
1/3rd cup / 75 ml water
3 tbsp / 40 ml lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 220C/425F.
  2. Trim the eggplants; cut them into wedges such that each wedge has skin on it.
  3. Place the wedges in a roasting tray and brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake this for 15-18 minutes until they are golden brown and soft inside.
  4. For the marinade, heat 4 tbsp oil with the garlic until the garlic is fragrant and just begins to sizzle. Turn off the heat. Let this cool a little and then add the other ingredients and mix well.
  5. As soon as the eggplants come out of the oven, toss them with the marinade and let it sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours before serving. You can refrigerate this for up to 2 days. Make sure to serve them at room temperature, though.
  6. For the tahini sauce, whisk together the tahini paste, water, lemon, garlic and salt thoroughly. The mixture should be smooth and creamy. If the mixture looks too thick then add a little more water by the teaspoon.
  7. Serve the tahini sauce with the eggplants.  

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