is was hands down my favorite street food in Israel. In my opinion, if you’re eating street fare, it far succeeds even the most delicious of falafel. The meaty eggplant contrasts with the brightness of the chopped tomatoes and cucumber and the mild yet hearty egg all joined together with the cool tahini sauce. As tasty as it is though I do not usually find myself stopping for this veggie filled pita while we are visiting in Tel Aviv anymore. The delicious fillings are usually stuffed in a pita and although I could ask for it sans pita and just on a plate the deep fried eggplant has really been the deal breaker for me.
So, if you’re like me, and want to enjoy those delicious sabich flavors without the negative effects of deep fried foods, you can make it at home!
The key to the sabich is really making the eggplant the perfect texture. Once you have achieved that, you can play with what you add to the dish (as I eat it) or sandwich.
SABICH ROASTED EGGPLANT
gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo, grain free
- 1 eggplant, sliced thinly (a little less than 1/2 inch each slice)
- sea salt
- avocado oil
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
Place sliced eggplant on wire rack, sprinkle with sea salt and let sweat. Repeat on each side. Once liquid has been released from the eggplant wipe the slices with a paper towel.
Heat oven to 400. Place slices on well oiled baking sheet. Brush the tops of the eggplant slices with more avocado oil and sprinkle a healthy amount of paprika on both sides.
Cook at 400 for 20 minutes, then flip and cook for another 20 minutes or until golden (and not burnt) on both sides.
Optional Dish Additions
- Chopped Israeli Salad (finely chopped tomato and cucumber with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and possibly good quality olive oil)
- Hard boiled egg
- Lemon tahini sauce (tahini, water, and fresh lemon juice)
- Freshly chopped cilantro
- Spicy sauce (traditionally z’hug)
- Sesame seeds
- Other roasted vegetables (this is not traditional, but I’ll never kick a nicely roasted broccoli off any savory plate ever.)
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