Eggplant purée with sumac and garlic from Bäco: Vivid Recipes from the Heart of Los Angeles (page 226) by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock

  • garlic
  • lebni cheese
  • sumac
  • Japanese eggplants
  • sesame paste
  • avocado oil
  • piment d'Espelette

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Notes about this recipe

  • Eat Your Books

    Can substitute Greek yogurt for lebni.

  • khopkins1012 on June 26, 2019

    The strength of Josef’s recipes is that you can substitute ingredients based off your tastes and what’s in your fridge AND still have a successful dish. I was out of garlic so I subbed a small shallot. I left the sesame paste and fancy pepper out completely because I had neither.

  • sosayi on September 21, 2018

    This was delicious and pretty easy to make. I think next time I'd change the cooking method slightly for the eggplant. Instead of starting on stovetop, I'd just cook the entire tray in the oven and flip a few more times. I used regular yogurt (lactose free) in place of the lebni or greek yogurt called for and think it was fine. The large quantitiy of sumac really adds a great, and different, flavor to what is a fairly basic eggplant puree otherwise. My husband couldn't get enough. Served with the flatbread, fava hummus and lebni (again, lactose-free yogurt) with za'atar from the same book.

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