Kibbutz Barbecue with a side of World Cup

Last night I had the pleasure of a cookout on a hillside in the north of Israel at a kibbutz with a number of colleagues. Of course, World Cup was playing on the big screen, as we watched Spain defeat Portugal 1-0.

The new dish I learned was quite simple. I’ve never been a big eggplant fan, and I was surprised to see two large eggplants just placed on the grill, whole. As one side collapsed, they were turned, and eventually removed.

Once removed from the grill, they were sliced open and slathered with generous amounts of tahini and the juice from half a lemon. I politely accepted a few scoops of the tender flesh, hoping I wouldn’t dislike it too much. It turned out delicious! I think it was the lemon that did it.

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