More mezze recipes

Another two delicious Lebanese recipes – baba ghanoush and kofta. Pairing these with the two from yesterday (hummus and tabbouleh) makes a lovely casual supper if you’ve people coming by who don’t mind sitting around a coffee table and helping themselves.

Serve with pitta bread or Arab flatbread if you can lay your hands on that. I should have mentioned all the recipes serve about six.

Baba ghanoush

  • 500g aubergines
  • 3 tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 pots of natural yogurt
  • 3 soup sps tahini
  • 2 soup sps olive oil
  • juice of 1.5 lemons
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • salt

Preheat the oven to 240C. Wash the aubergines and pierce them a few times and lob them into the oven for 30 minutes.

Plunge cooked aubergines into cold water for three minutes and then peel them. Mash the flesh with a fork or whizz in a food processor. Add the yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt and mix well. Serve drizzled with olive oil and the tomatoes on the side.

Kofta

  • 800g minced lamb (beef if you like but it ain’t as nice, for some reason)
  • a bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 onion
  • salt & pepper

Finely dice onion and chop parsley. Mix those in with the mince and season well. Make into little patties (like small hamburgers). Grill at 240C for 10 minutes, turning once.

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