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Melitzanosalata (Eggplant Salad)

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You will need a BBQ (either charcoal or gas grill) and a mortar & pestle to prepare this dish and here are the ingredients:

1 medium to large Italian eggplant

1 large clove of garlic

extra virgin olive oil

Coarse sea salt to taste

2 tbsp of chopped flat-leaf parsley

Small squeeze of lemon juice (prevents the eggplant from turning brown)

1. Your BBQ/Grill is on and you place an eggplant (on direct heat) that’s been pricked with a fork a few times all around. The eggplant should take about 20-30 minutes (depending how hot your grill/BBQ is) and should be rotated until all of the skin has been charred.

2. When the eggplant is done roasting, let it rest for about 10 minutes and take to mashing your clove of garlic in some coarse sea salt in the mortar & pestle. Your garlic should be a fine mash.

3. Take a knife and cut the eggplant open, vertically and peel open it to reveal it’s light green-yellow meat. With a spoon, scrape out the meat and place it into your mortar , add a squeeze of lemon juice and mash the eggplant & incorporate the garlic with the eggplant.

4. Now you will add, slowly, the olive oil to the eggplant while still mixing using the pestle. For one eggplant, usually 1/4 to a 1/3 cup of olive oil is sucked up by the eggplant.

5. Add the chopped parsley to the eggplant  and adjust for seasoning  and plate with a parsley garnish. Depending on my mood, sometimes I add some crumbled Feta cheese into the mix!