May 11, 2008

FOOD FOR A SUNNY DAY


I love eggplants- I love their taste, colour and how they always taste good whether you grill, steam, pan sear or fry them. Plus, they go well with chicken, fish, cheese…with almost everything! What more can you ask for? Here I am presenting a very colourful and healthy eggplant salad with meatballs and potato wedges. Sounds so basic eh? Well with the sunshine we’ve been lucky to have lately, I’ve been wanting to cook simple dishes that will make people want to get together around a table, share and really enjoy the food. Simple does not necessarily have to mean “boring”. The eggplant salad bursts with freshness and goes so well with the tender meatballs that are also delightful with a yoghurt sauce. I really enjoyed making this, and if you like cooking with a lot of herbs (and garlic) then you’ll probably enjoy cooking this too.

So with no further ado, here is what could turn out to be a great meal to enjoy outside under the sun…

  • For the eggplant salad:
    Eggplants
    Yellow pepper
    Cherry tomatoes
    Garlic
    Mint
    Olive oil
    Lemon (juice)
    Salt & Pepper

    Preheat oven to 200C. Bake the eggplant in the oven for a good 30 minutes, remove peel and dice. Place in a bowl. Roast the yellow pepper, dice, and add to diced eggplant. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, add to the bowl. Chop mint and crush garlic and throw that those in as well. Finish with freshly squeezed lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper.

  • For the meatballs:
    Beef
    Onions (chopped)
    Coriander (chopped)
    Flour
    Salt & Pepper
    Olive oil

    In a bowl, mix the beef, chopped onions & coriander, and salt & pepper. Form meatballs which will then be lightly rolled in flour. When all the meatballs are ready, place in fridge for about 30 minutes (so you can do this at the very beginning before anything else). When you’re ready to cook, heat some olive oil in a large pan and cook the meatballs on high heat first then on lower heat.

    For the yoghurt sauce:
    Yoghurt (if you can use Greek-type yoghurt that would be better)
    Mint (fresh, chopped or dried)
    Garlic
    Salt & Pepper

    Just mix all the ingredients together and serve on the side or drizzled on top of the meatballs or even the potato wedges. Adjust the quantity of garlic according to personal taste.

  • For the potato wedges:
    Potatoes
    Olive oil
    Paprika
    Salt & Pepper

    Preheat the oven to 200C. Cut washed potatoes into large wedges (keep the peel on the potatoes though) into a bowl. Add the olive oil, paprika and S&P and mix well. Transfer to a baking tray and bake until golden-brown (approx 30 mins). Serve hot!

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8 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

This is my kind of meal Marianna from the meatballs to the salad to the potatoes...all perfect for an exceptional dinner:D

mimi said...

this looks like a beautiful summer afternoon dinner!

Indigo said...

'I’ve been wanting to cook simple dishes that will make people want to get together around a table, share and really enjoy the food.'

I adore the whole principe of meals like this! It makes me want to get my friends round asap. And this looks absolutely gorgeous.

Peter M said...

Marianna, I'm really diggin' that egpplant salad...must try this summer.

Peter G said...

This is my favourite way of eating Marianna. lots of freshly cooked dishes. That eggplant looks and sounds amazing. Beautiful!

Kevin said...

That looks like a really tasty meal!

Rachel said...

This looks beautiful.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

That is sunny-on-a-plate for you....I'd love to dig into that lot.