This week is my very last week of culinary school classes. I can’t believe it! I have enjoyed (just about) every minute of school, and am going to miss it. Recently I started thinking about my history with cooking and food. Though I started out making cookies and cupcakes, now nothing makes me happier than feeding a home cooked savory meal to my friends and seeing how much they enjoy it. Isn’t that the best? I think my true love affair with cooking started when I studied abroad in Spain in college. Prior to living in Europe, my diet was a little bland, and I focused more on eating fewer calories so I could drink more Natty than the flavor of my food. But that all changed in Spain. I ate fresh baked French bread, cheeses unlike any Kraft slices I had before, fish caught mere hours before I ate it. It was all unreal! I loved trying new fruits I had never had before, and indulging in rich European chocolates. One favorite meal of mine was to grill up eggplant and put it with some other veggies and goat cheese on some of the aforementioned French bread. Mmm I can almost taste it now! So when I came across the Israeli classic fried eggplant sandwich, the Sabich, I was instantly transported back to Spain, minus the dancing with British tourists on the beach until 7 AM of course. Here is all you need to make sabich.
For the pita, this easy pita recipe works great! And I cheated and bought hummus this time. Now all you have to do is assemble! Layer hummus, eggplant, Israeli salad and eggs on your pita and dig in! If you are trying to be healthy, simply roast or grill your eggplant instead of fry.
- 2 whole pieces pita
- 1 medium eggplant
- Canola oil
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- 1 medium cucumber, diced
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
- 3 eggs
- 2-3 tablespoons hummus
- First up, slice your eggplant into ½ inch pieces, season with salt and fry in canola oil on both sides until brown.
- While your eggplant is frying, you can make the Israeli salad. Dice up your cucumbers and tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, lemon and parsley.
- You can also hard boil your eggs during this time- put eggs in cold water, bring to a boil and cook for 12 minutes. Transfer eggs to an ice bath and peel off shell under water and slice.
- Now all you have to do is assemble! Layer hummus, eggplant, Israeli salad and eggs on your pita and dig in!