Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This literally translates as 'the Sultan's Delight', and it is that! The first time I had it, I fell in love. Mild, rich, buttery - it perfectly complemented the braised beef (in tomato sauce) that it was meant to accompany. This is a very subtle dish. If you want FLAVOUR, look elsewhere. This is flavourful in a more refined way, and also a lesson to our overly-spiced palates.
- 3 medium eggplants
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup hot milk (more may be necessary)
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
- grated greek kasseri cheese or kefalotiri or parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper
- Grill eggplants whole without peeling them by holding over a flame and turning slowly, or prick skin in several places and set in hot oven.
- When the skin begins to break and the inside pulp feels soft, slip off the skin; discard sacs containing seeds and chop up pulp; put pulp in a saucepan.
- Mix lemon juice with pulp and simmer until very soft, stirring often (10-15 minutes).
- Meanwhile, melt butter, add flour to it and allow flour to brown.
- Beat the butter and flour mixture into the eggplant.
- Slowly add several tablespoons of hot milk and the nutmeg and continue beating until mixture resembles mashed potatoes.
- Lastly add several tablespoons of grated cheese and cook several minutes more.
- Serve immediately.
I loved this. I'm not real experienced with eggplant and had a diffcult time getting the seeds out so half the seeds stayed which changed the texture of the dish a little but I didn't mind. Thanks for the great recipe.
Wow. This is one of those 10 star recipes that I wonder how I ever lived without before tasting it for the first time this evening. I halved the recipe to serve with evelyn's Das Kebap recipe and I wish I had made the entire amount because it was SUBLIME indeed! I roasted my eggplant in the oven for 40 minutes at 350 degrees and let it cool before peeling. After I seeded the eggplant I whirred it in the blender for a few seconds before cooking it on the stovetop. The end result was buttery, creamy, slightly smoky, and just a beautiful clean eggplant flavor. Thank you for sharing such a fantastic recipe, that I had never tried or heard of before this week, but I know we will absolutely be making again.
This is absolutely fabulous. I've just finished making it and had to stop myself from eating it before I served dinner. I absolutely understand why the sultan was delighted. The only thing I did was to use my immersion blender to make the mixture totally smooth. I am so excited--because I am thinking about not just how good this will be as an accompniament to my dinner, but how this wonderful sort of eggplant custard can be used in other things--like choux puffs flavored with kasseri cheese and filled with this eggplant. What a great recipe! Thank you.