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Eggplant Raheb

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This light and fresh-tasting authentic Lebanese salad will take your taste buds to a beautiful  countryside retreat. Raheb is Arabic for “monk”—Krikorian notes that this dish is a “village salad” meant to be shared.

Recipe courtesy of Raffi Krikorian, Snaubar Restaurant

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggplants, preferably the long, thin variety  2 lbs  900 g
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • tomatoes  1 lb  450 g
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers (optional)
  • 1 bunch of Italian parsley, with stems cut out
  • garlic, mashed with salt  1 heaped Tbsp  15 ml
  • fresh lemon juice  1/2 cup  125 ml
  • extra virgin olive oil  1/2 cup  125 ml

Directions:

Bake eggplants on a piece of foil on a cookie sheet in a 350°F (175°C) oven for about 30 minutes until they are very soft and blistered all over. Let cool. Chop salad ingredients. Make the dressing by mixing garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Cut the eggplant vertically through the middle and scrape out the flesh. Let drain for a few minutes, then press the juice from the flesh.  Mash it slightly either by hand or in a food processor. Add all the other ingredients, mix with the dressing and taste. When it is to your liking, pile on any serving plate and enjoy.

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