Recipe by Manami
An old favorite in Russia, this dish calls for large purple-globe eggplants. Instead of cooking them over an open flame as described below, you can use the oven: Place the eggplants in shallow baking pan, and place under the broiler. Broil, turning every 5 minutes, until skin is blackened all over and the flesh is falling-apart tender, twenty to thirty minutes. Found this on Martha Stewart's website.
Top Review by skruglik
Broiled the eggplants (I'm stuck with a ceramic stove) and followed the recipe, except used three minced cloves of garlic in lieu of the garlic powder and didn't have plum tomatoes, so used three regular tomatoes. Served it at a Russian dinner and it was a big hit, both with someone trying this dish for the first time and with someone who lived in Moscow for 12 years. I quite liked it and it's easy enough to make that I'll do it again. It does take some time to deal with the eggplants, since they require frequent turning. But the taste is great and it is indeed better the second day after the flavors blend.
- 2 (1 1/2 lb) purple globe eggplants
- 1⁄2 minced onion
- 2 plum tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- coarse salt, to taste
- freshly ground coarse black pepper, to taste
- pita bread or rye bread, for serving
Directions See How It's Made
- Roast eggplants:.
- Using a wooden skewer or fork, pierce eggplants all over.
- Turn two gas burners or gas grill to high flame; place one eggplant on each.
- Cook, turning with tongs as each side blackens and softens, until skins are completely black and flesh is falling-apart tender, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from flame; transfer to a nonreactive baking dish.
- Place one end of dish on a slant so that the juices can run from the eggplants.
- When cool enough to handle, peel away all blackened skin.
- Place eggplant flesh in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until pureed.
- Transfer to a large bowl; stir in the onion, tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder.
- Serve warm or at room temperature with pita or rye bread.
- Serving size will vary; depending on whether you are going to use an appetizer, or a salad with the meal, or as a side dish.