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Miso-Roasted Eggplant with Garlicky Yogurt

30 minutes prep
30 minutes active cooking
1 hour total

Makes 4 - 6 servings

We like to eat tasty food and don’t worry much about mixing flavors from different cultures.

And while pairing this Japanese-style eggplant, not unlike traditional nasu dengaku, with a garlicky yogurt plucked from the Levant might seem like an odd choice, yogurt’s been popular in Japan for almost 50 years.

It’s just what we expect from Sam Smith. His Middle Eastern adjacent food at Tusk regularly crossed international flavor borders with delicious results.

What you'll need

Ingredients

For the shopping list

3 cloves of

Garlic

3 tablespoons of

Lemon Juice

1 pound of

Japanese-Style Eggplant (long, skinny eggplants)

2 wedge of

Lime or Lemon

1 cup of

Greek-style yogurt or labneh

From our shop

$10 - Portland - Oregon

Out of stock
2 tablespoons of Double Brewed Soy Sauce

$12 - Saitama - Japan

Double Brewed Soy Sauce

$8 - Santa Cruz - California

Classic Mustard

$18 - Oregon

Raw Honey

$20 - Abruzzo - Italy

Pollinaria Organic

$6 - Osaka - Japan

Salty Black Sesame Seeds

$7 - Olhão - Portugal

Fine Sea Salt

Equipment

From the kitchen

1

Chef Knife

1

Cutting Board

1

Heavy Skillet

1

Microplane

What you'll have to do

Step 1

First, make the marinade. Mince 2 cloves of garlic and put it in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with the salt and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk in the mustard, miso, soy sauce, water, and olive oil.

Step 2

Stripe peel the eggplant, leaving some skin. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and slice a diamond pattern on the cut side of the eggplant. This allows the marinade to penetrate the eggplant and helps it cook more evenly.

Step 3

Brush the eggplant in the marinade, using just enough to moisten the eggplant, reserving the rest. Let sit for at least thirty minutes and up to 3 hours.

Step 4

While the eggplant marinates, prepare the yogurt. Microplane or finely chop 1 clove of garlic, and mix with the 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Let sit for 5 minutes to mellow the garlic flavor. Stir the garlic lemon mixture into the yogurt and olive oil.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Heat a pan wide enough to fit the eggplant on medium heat. Add a splash of oil to the pan and wait for it to shimmer. Sear the eggplant on the cut side first. When they’re brown and caramelized, turn over to cook the skin side, adjusting the heat if needed so they don't color too quickly. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan.

Step 6

Continue cooking the eggplant until it is nicely browned on both sides. Put in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, or until the eggplant is a little soft and cooked through.

Step 7

Spread the yogurt out on the plate. Place the cooked eggplant on top and spread the reserved marinade over. Drizzle with more olive oil, and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Serve with citrus wedges.

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Sauces & Condiments

Red Miso

JorinjiPortland - Oregon
$10
Out of stock
Double Brewed Soy Sauce
Sauces & Condiments

Double Brewed Soy Sauce

YugetaSaitama - Japan
$12
Tamari
Sauces & Condiments

Tamari

Ito ShotenAichi - Japan
$18
Classic Mustard
Sauces & Condiments

Classic Mustard

Wilder CondimentsSanta Cruz - California
$8
Raw Honey
Baking

Raw Honey

Old BlueOregon
$18
Pollinaria Organic
Olive Oil

Pollinaria Organic

PollinariaAbruzzo - Italy
$20
Salty Black Sesame Seeds
Crackers, Snacks, & Nuts

Salty Black Sesame Seeds

WadamanOsaka - Japan
$6
Fine Sea Salt
Salt, Herbs, & Spices

Fine Sea Salt

NectonOlhão - Portugal
$7

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