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    Guest 123 is offline Registered User
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    Algerian Eggplant Jam

    3 md Eggplants (3 lb total)
    7 tb olive oil
    3 Garlic cloves; minced
    2 ts Paprika, sweet
    1 1/2 ts Cayenne pepper or
    1/8 ts Harissa pepper; freshly ground
    3 to 4 tb Lemon juice, fresh
    1 tb Parsley; chopped
    3 Lemon wedges or
    3 Tomato wedges

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the stems off the eggplants. Using a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife, peel the skin in 1/2 inch wide strips vertically down each eggplant so you get a striped effect. Slice each eggplant horizontally into 1/2 inch slices. Place in a colander and salt each slice. Let stand 30 minutes, then rinse well and pat dry with paper towels.

    Brush a baking sheet with 3 tablespoons of the oil. Lightly brush the eggplant slices with 2 tablespoons oil and place in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until the slices are light golden brown on both sides.

    Transfer the eggplant to a bowl and, using a fork or potato masher, mash with the garlic, paprika, cumin, water and cayenne. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the mashed eggplant and fry very slowly, turned occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until the moisture evaporates. Stir in the lemon juice and cook 1 minute longer. Taste, and season with salt and pepper, if needed.

    Place the eggplant on a platter and garnish with parsley and lemon or tomato wedges. Serve warm or at room temperature. This eggplant spread has a jamlike consistency. It is made all over North Africa, but this version, with garlic, cumin and lemon juice is one of the most flavorful. Serve it with warm country-style bread or pita.

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    amalgamate is offline Registered User
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    mmmmm... my taste buds are tingling!! that sounds too good- i'll definitely try that recipe

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    sania is offline Registered User
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    It is called "Baingan Bartha" as it is made in India.
    Only that tomatoes are added in place of lemon.

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