Recipe of the month: Zakuszka

Since they’re in season, and we just finished mashing a lot of them and placing them in every spare corner of our freezer for winter, thought I’d share another eggplant recipe.

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Zakuszka

2 or 3 medium sized eggplants
1 small/medium red or white onion
mayonnaise (I advise you not to buy it, homemade is best: 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon mustard, sunflower or olive oil)
3-4 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 laurel leaf
5-8 tablespoons olive oil
2-3 chopped peppers (I used a frozen bag of peppers)
1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black/white pepper
1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice

Grill eggplants until their crust turns into a charred crust, then clean the crust off.
Finely mash the cooked eggplant with a blunt, thick wooden knife or wooden platter.
(The resulted mash can be frozen – we always buy a huge amount of eggplants in the fall, prepare them and make Eggplant Salad or Zakuszka of them throughout winter.)

Prepare the mayonnaise by adding small amounts of oil to the egg yolk and mustard while mixing vigorously to disperse the oil.
You can also make this in a food processor, just be sure to set it on low speed so the end result won’t separate.
The mayonnaise is done when the emulsion is more resistant to mixing and has a considerably light color compared to how it started out.

Mix together the mashed eggplants with all the other ingredients in a pot over heat, add olive oil,  and simmer while mixing continuously for about 15 minutes. Let cool, mix well with the mayo and your Zakuszka is done.

Mix well with the mayo, spread it on bread and serve as is or with tomatoes, etc. whatever you like.

Bon appétit! ;)

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6 Responses to “Recipe of the month: Zakuszka”

  1. this is soooo good….. and especially how you make it :P *blush* and i am really happy for all the readers of this blog for having the opportunity to taste such a great (and cheap) delicacy of hers :D as she said: Bon appétit! ;)

  2. Can’t wait to try this recipe, especially since I have plenty of eggplants at the moment. Never thought to make my own mayonnaise – always thought it was too complicated – but as you show here, it’s not!

    • There’s that eggplant spread recipe too you can try and turn it into this Zakuszka recipe if you don’t like the first one :)

      It’s interesting how many things we think are complicated and others make it all the time, couldn’t even imagine buying them. (Though I really do my best to home cook anything, there’s alwaysl room for improvement.) And to tell you the truth I think I only bought mayo from the store like once or twice, only because I wasn’t at home and couldn’t make it myself.
      The trick is to not let it separate or you’ll have to spend a lot of time mixing until you fix it :P

  3. I finally made zakuszka today. It was remarkably easy and I have to confess that I did do the store bought mayo. Still, this is a great appetizer to have on hand. Thanks so much.

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