Grilled Eggplant with Sumac Aioli

Grilled Eggplant with Sumac Aioli

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017

In this quick grilled vegetable side dish recipe, tart sumac lends a slightly fruity but sour flavor. Paired with the garlicky mayo, it's delicious served alongside grilled fish. If you can't find sumac, try using cumin or paprika instead.

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons sumac (see Tips), divided
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 small or 1 large eggplant (1¼-1½ pounds total), sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 lemon wedges
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and 1 teaspoon sumac; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl; whisk in mayonnaise.
  3. Toss eggplant with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and the remaining ½ teaspoon sumac. Grill the eggplant and lemon wedges, cut-side down, turning once, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes total.
  4. Transfer the eggplant to a serving platter. Squeeze the grilled lemon over it. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with the sumac aioli.
  • Tips: The tart red berries of the Mediterranean sumac bush add fruity, sour flavor to many regional dishes. Find ground sumac in Middle Eastern markets, specialty-food shops and online.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 5 slices eggplant + 1 tablespoon sauce
  • Per serving: 226 calories; 21 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 34 mcg folate; 6 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 109 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 16 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 356 mg sodium; 342 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1½ veg, 4 fat

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