Serious Eats: Recipes
When gripped in a heatwave, as most of the country was last week, the grill might not be be the first place you'd want to be. At the same time, when I was considering making this melitzanosalata, a Greek roasted eggplant dip, the prospect of having the oven going seemed even worse.
Most recipes for melitzanosalata have you roast the eggplant in the oven for 30 minutes until it's completely soft, but after grilling the eggplant and avoiding that oven heat, I'd argue it's grill or nothing for this dip (the grill is the more traditional method anyway).
There are very few ingredients in this dip—roasted eggplant, lemon juice, garlic olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper. The grill added a smokiness that you can definitely taste. If you went the oven route, you'd miss that flavor altogether.
The chilled end product had a nice cooling effect, with creamy smokiness balancing the fresh lemon and parsley. It's a refreshing pay-off for the heat endured while making it.
About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.