Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Israeli Roast Eggplant, Hummus and Pickle Sandwiches

Prep / Total time : 1 hour          Serves 4

1                   large baking potato
1                   medium eggplant, sliced 1/2 inch thick
3                   tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1                   cucumber—peeled, halved, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1                   large tomato, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1                   large jalapeño, minced
2                   garlic cloves, minced
3                   tablespoons chopped cilantro
2                   tablespoons chopped parsley
2                   tablespoons fresh lemon juice
                           **Freshly ground pepper**
4                   thick, sturdy pita breads, warmed
1                   cup hummus
1/4                cup tahini, at room temperature
4                   large hard-cooked eggs, sliced
4                   small dill pickles, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 425°.
1 .          In a small saucepan, cover the potato with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat until just tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let cool, then peel the potato and slice it 1/4 inch thick. Season the potato slices with salt.
2 .          Meanwhile, arrange the eggplant slices on a rimmed baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Season with salt and bake for about 10 minutes, until browned and tender.
3 .          In a large bowl, add the cucumber, tomato, jalapeño, garlic, cilantro and parsley. Toss with the lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4 .          Cut off 2 inches from the side of the warm pitas to make openings in the pockets. Gently open the pitas. Spread the hummus on the bottoms and 1 tablespoon of tahini over it. Layer the potato slices, eggplant, egg and cucumber-tomato salad in the pitas, along with some of the salad juices. Top with the pickle slices and serve.

Suggested Pairing:
Dry, raspberry-scented rosé.


  1. Good morning Nee,

    If this is what you are preparing for dinner tonight, I'll be right over! And save me some wine too!!!

    Thanks for sharing...

  2. Hi Louise ,
    Yep , this is it and there's always a place for you . I will make sure you get the wine ...the kids are having raspberry juice :)

  3. Oh my Raspberry Juice sounds pretty good too, Nee.

  4. Louise you can have your choice or both ...:)


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