Happy Monday! I have been very busy preparing a new and improved store for my Etsy Shop, and for my parent’s Etsy shop. Much has been accomplished today!!! Woo Hooo!!
My friend Iason who is currently living in the Netherlands, has missed his Greek food and he reached out to me and asked for an eggplant dip recipe. The perfect one that came to mind was: Melitzanosalata recipe. Take a look at his dish below, and don’t you agree that he did a good job??!!
Melitzanosalata- (Eggplant Spread) Recipe
1 large eggplant
3 tablespoons of olive oil
6 shallots- chopped
2 cloves of garlic- minced
1 red bell pepper- roasted – chopped
2 tsp of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons of garlic puree
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 bunch of fresh dill- chopped
1 bunch of fresh basil- chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees or 180 C. Place eggplant in oven and let the eggplant get a bit burnt or to a crisp. (About 30 to 40 minutes.) Cool and then peel off the skin and discard. Next get a colander and line it with a cheesecloth. Drain the eggplant pulp overnight, and make sure to do this or the texture will be too loose and liquidy.
In a sauce pan , warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic, and the roasted peppers. (Cook for another minute.) Add the lemon juice and remove from the heat. Next use a food processor and combine half the drained eggplant and the garlic puree. Mix until very smooth and then add in the vinegar. Add the remaining olive oil and mix.
In a bowl, chop the remaining eggplant and combine with the pepper mixture. Add in the pureed eggplant and fold both of them together. Season with the fresh herbs, sea salt and ground pepper. Serve on top of fresh pita or crackers.
Iason would like to add his very own tip:
Add in 2 teaspoons of chopped habanero peppers, for a spicy kick.
*If you have a Greek recipe you are looking for but you don’t see it on Kouzounas Kitchen, feel free to reach out to me and ask me what recipe you would like and I will be happy to help. 🙂