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Roasted Eggplant a la Imam Ottolenghi


  • 2 egglplants, cut in half lengthwise
  • olive oil
  • zaatar
  • thyme or basil
  • 1/4 cup yogurt or tehina
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped or pressed


  • Heat oven to 400°.
  • Placing the eggplant halves cut side up, make diagonal cuts, almost down to the skin, to make bite size pieces.
  • Paint the cut surface with olive oil. It takes a lot.
  • Sprinkle with thyme or basil leaves, or zaatar
  • Place on a baking pan and roast in 400° oven for 45 minutes, until browned and soft. It will leak juices that are hard to clean, so line the pan with parchment paper.
  • Make the sauce by mixing 1 chopped clove of garlic into 1/4 cup yogurt -- or, instead, 1/4 cup tehina beaten with an equal amount of water. Then drizzle on some olive oil and sprinkle a tsp of zaatar.
  • When the eggplant is done, pour sauce on top and serve. Ottolenghi sprinkles pomegranite seeds on top, which is beautiful, delicious and unnecessary.

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