Recipe Spotlight – Melizanosalata
Melizanosalata is a flavorful Greek eggplant dip that can be enjoyed as a side or on its own and is perfect to serve when hosting a party! It is served throughout Greece and known as one of the country’s most traditional dishes. To try the dip in Chicago, stop by one of Greektown’s go-to spots for authentic Greek cuisine like Greek Islands, Santorini or Roditys!
Or, if looking to try out a new recipe, instructions for the “no fuss” preparation can be found below! Recipe from MyGreekDish.com.
4 large purple eggplants
½ red onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ cup olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- To prepare this super easy melitzanosalata recipe (Greek eggplant dip), start by baking the eggplants in a preheated oven at 200C. You could either bake them whole or sliced, depending on the time you have available. If you choose to bake them whole, use a fork to make some holes on the aubergines, place on a tray and bake for about 1 hour. Alternatively, for a quicker version on this melitzanosalata recipe, cut the eggplants in slices and place them on a baking tray, lined with parchment paper. Coat with olive oil, sprinkle with fresh thyme, season with salt and pepper and add 1-2 cloves of garlic. Cover with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, until tender.
- For this melitzanosalata recipe you need to use only the flesh of the eggplants. Peel the eggplants and dice the pulp.
- Place the pulp and the other ingredients in a large bowl and vigorously mix with a wooden spoon. (If you prefer you melitzanosalata to have a creamier texture, then add the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse, adding the olive oil gradually on a steady stream. Alternatively mash the eggplants using a fork.) Let the melitzanosalta (Greek eggplant dip) cool down and put in the fridge to allow the flavours to mingle.
- Serve the melitzanosalata in a small bowl garnished with a whole black olive. Enjoy!