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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Riding my Luna & Rivendell in the Hudson Valley, NY

    Eggplant/sesame/honey spread

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    Here's a recipe I made up this evening, in preparation for about 10 people coming for dinner tomorrow night. It's a spread you can eat with crackers or bread.
    This recipe makes a large panful, part of which you can refrigerate for later. Or you can cut recipe in half to make it more manageable.

    You'll need:
    2 med-large eggplants
    1/2 onion
    1/2 to 2/3 cup honey
    1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
    salt, pepper
    1 small jar chutney (mango or Major Grey's)

    Peel two eggplants and slice and dice into 1/2" cubes. Soak them in salty water for about 15 (to remove bitterness), then drain thoroughly for 10 minutes- squeeze out any excess liquid. (The eggplant seems like a huge amount, but it will cook down to half volume)
    Chop 1/2 onion.
    Put eggplant and onion into a large pan with 3 or 4 tablespoons olive oil and let simmer on LOW for about an hour, stirring about every 15 minutes. Eggplant should be soft and well cooked.
    Take a potato masher and mash up the eggplant and onion right in the pan until it's more spreadable but still with nice chunks throughout.
    Add some salt and ground pepper.
    Add 1/2 cup mango chutney from a jar. Can use papaya chutney or Major Grey's Chutney, etc.
    Add 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds and 1/2 to 2/3 cup cup honey.
    Stir well and simmer another 20 minutes on very low.
    Stir and turn off heat and let sit until room temperature, at which point you can serve it and/or refrigerate it. Best served at room temp.

    Serve with crackers or bread- pita bread is good too.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Traveling Nomad
    That sounds really good, Lisa! Some of my favorite flavors in there, and eggplant is so bland it takes on the flavors of whatever you mix it with.

    I never entertain, but that does sound like the perfect appetizer for guests. Mmmmmm....

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Beautiful NW or Left Coast
    Thanks for the recipe. Hope its' delicious
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Uncanny Valley
    Yum, sounds good!
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Yum sounds good.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    That sounds delicious.

    I had a great eggplant mousse at a restaurant a while ago, with a smoky flavor. They probably chargrilled it before mashing. Might be worth a try.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Mmmm...sounds delicious! I'm always looking for healthy dip and spread recipes - thanks for posting.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    N. California
    That sounds yummy!
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