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Ceja Vineyards

Eggplant Tacos with Spicy Yogurt Salsa

Recipe Date:
January 1, 2015
Serving Size:
6
Cook Time:
00:25:00
Difficulty:
Easy
Measurements:
Imperial (US)
Ingredients
  • - For Spice Mixture
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • - For Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 chopped chipotle peppers
  • 2 tbsps adobo sauce from chipotle peppers
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • - For Eggplant
  • 1 large eggplant or 3 long Asian eggplants
  • olive oil
  • 12 warm corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Directions

Cut eggplant lengthwise about 1/2 inch thick. Brush olive oil on both sides. Combine all spice mixture ingredients and sprinkle on eggplant. Grill eggplant pieces on medium-high heat for 4 minutes on both sides or until tender. Once grilled, cut the eggplant slices in one inch strips to create smaller pieces. Place eggplant pieces on a warm corn tortilla. In a bowl, mix all yogurt salsa ingredients and then add to eggplant taco. Garnish with crumbled queso fresco and cilantro.

The eggplant is used in cuisines from Japan to Spain. It is often stewed, as in the French ratatouille, or deep fried as in the Italian parmigiana di melanzane, the Turkish karnıyarık or Turkish and Greek musakka/moussaka, and Middle-Eastern and South Asian dishes. Eggplants can also be battered before deep-frying and served with a sauce made of tahini and tamarind. In Iranian cuisine, it can be blended with whey as kashk e-bademjan, tomatoes as mirza ghasemi or made into stew as khoresh-e-bademjan. It can be sliced and deep-fried, then served with plain yogurt, (optionally) topped with a tomato and garlic sauce, such as in the Turkish dish patlıcan kızartması (meaning: fried aubergines) or without yogurt as in patlıcan şakşuka. However, arguably the most famous Turkish eggplant dish duo is İmam bayıldı (vegetarian) and Karnıyarık (with minced meat).

 

Eggplant Tacos with Spicy Yogurt Salsa Recipe by Ceja Vineyards

Eggplant Tacos with Spicy Yogurt Salsa Recipe by Ceja Vineyards

Eggplant Tacos with Spicy Yogurt Salsa Recipe by Ceja Vineyards

Eggplant Tacos with Spicy Yogurt Salsa Recipe by Ceja Vineyards