eggplant & lime cilantro sauce
Inspiration for cooking can come from likely and unlikely sources. This creation comes from a likely source~~a great cookbook that just intrigues my eyes, my palate, my soul and my spirit~~I don’t say that about many cookbooks, so listen up! It’s called ‘Plenty’ and it’s dubbed ‘vibrant vegetable recipes from London’s Ottolenghi.’ Actually, the book makes me want to entirely swear off meat, or better yet, keep it, but scale back dramatically.
I could go on and on about this cookbook (and, I’m soon to buy his next one!) and how it speaks to me~~since I’m a visual person the glamour food shots are a major springboard for getting motivated to do different things with all those veggies on my kitchen counter and in my refrigerator crisper! If you haven’t got this book in your collection, check it out as well as the new one out, ‘Jerusalem’.
Preheat oven to 400
What you need:
¼ cup + 2 tbl chopped cilantro (divided)
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup buttermilk
1 lime’s zest and juice
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp coarse ground pepper
1 medium size eggplant or 2 small sliced lengthwise in half
1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced lengthwise in halves
1/3 cup + 3 tbl olive oil (divided)
1 ½ cups frozen corn
1 tsp ground cumin
4-5 small sweet peppers sliced into rings
Freshly grated parmesan reggiano for garnish
What you do:
In a mixing bowl, combine cilantro sour cream, buttermilk, lime zest/juice, sea salt, pepper, Place in refrigerator to chill.
(Note: To get the sliced eggplant to sit flat, slice a small piece from the underside.)
Put eggplant and tomatoes on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Coat both with 1/3 cup olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste. Place in preheated 400 oven for about 18-20 minutes. When done, remove from oven for plating.
In a small skillet, put 3 tbl olive oil and heat on medium. Put in corn and cumin, blend and cook about 5 minutes. Add pepper rings, 2 tbl cilantro and salt/pepper to taste. Reduce heat, cover with lid and let steam.
To serve, place roasted eggplant slice on a plate, dollop on some sauce and spread (don’t be skimpy!), add corn/pepper mixture then some of the roasted tomatoes. Grate cheese on top (if you like!).
Oh my word… this looks unbelievable! Love it! Pinning 🙂
Hi, Becca! Wow, you are one interesting gal!! Nibbles, James and Chris…love it, and while you’re across the pond, I, too, am a Southerner here in the U.S.! This is a great vegetarian dish! Next time, I’ll add more cheese!! Thank you for visiting, commenting and pinning…I know you have TONS of choices on the Internet, and I sincerely appreciate it! xo Ally
Ok, how did I miss this dish? Eggplant is my favorite and I absolutely love the sound of these flavor combinations. Definitely trying this!! Thanks so much, Ally!! xo
Oh, goodeee goodeee, Helena!! I could have eaten it ALL by myself…this eggplant is sooooooooooooo good!! Love having you hang w/me in the kitchen!! xo
Ally, I can see why that cookbook caught your fancy… from the looks of this dish, it delivers “plenty” of flavor, color, yumminess…
Love your play on words, Miss Kim…yep, there’s PLENTY of reeeeally great ideas/recipes in there…if you don’t have, it’s worth buying just to drool over the photographs!! Thanks for coming by, angel!! xo
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