Saturday, July 18, 2009
Romanian eggplant salad
This salad has always been my favourite. I could eat tones of the stuff. When I was little, and someone used to ask me what was my favourite dish, I would always answer eggplant salad!
This salad is ment to be an appetizer, but I would eat it as maindish and dessert all together!Since I came to Sweden I haven't eaten it, and I really miss it. I once bought from the supermarket a can with eggplant salad, but it was so groce.. I tried to add chopped onion and mayo, but it was no good and I tossed it immediatelly. And I decided I should call my mom and ask her exactly what I need and how was she doing it for me when I was little so I can reproduce it and make my little dream come true!
- 2 eggplants
- sunflower oil
- 1 onion
- lemon juice
The eggplants need to be roasted on the stove, on open flame. But as I have an electrical stove, I actually grilled them, until the insides became very soft.
After I removed them from the grill, I skinned them. It's good, and it may help to have a little bowl with cold water in which you can dip the fingers, so you don't burn yourselves :)
I cut the tail and removed part of the seeds (not all), the ones that just fall of, sort to speak. They need to be very well drained before you start working with them. Cut them in half and put them on a plate or a cuttingboard and let the juices drain for about 2 hours.
After they are completly drained (if not, those juices can make them bitter) I mashed them with a wooden knife. If you don't have a wooden knife, use a wooden spatula or a plastic one. It is important not to be inox or iron, because they get bitter as well :)
I put them in a bowl, added about 2 tbs of salt and some lemon juice. From this point on, you have to do it like you do with mayo. Pour the sunfloweroil little by little, stirring continuously, with a wooden spoon, until it becomes like a paste, it changes a bit the colour and it almost doubles the volume. The quantity of oil is entirely up to you.
In the end I added fine chopped onion and salt (if needed).
In the romanian traditional style we serve them with tomatoes, mayonese and/or pepper salad. And bread! It's delicious, I don't know one person that doesn't like this one! :)