Eggplant (Aubergine) Appetizer - Romanian Style - (Vinete)
Annie swore by Mazola oil... Annie is my mother; Her children all affectionately called her Annie. Eggplant was relatively inexpensive. It was used frequently in various Romanian recipes prepared in my home. I developed a taste for the eggplant's distinctive flavour and enjoy it to this day.
SERVES 6 -8
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 medium onion, grated
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup corn oil
Broil eggplant on all sides until well cooked -- turning frequently as it cooks.
Scrape the purple skin off, and discard skin.
Mash eggplant well with a wooden spoon,.
Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Mix grated onions with one tsp of mazola oil.
Add to mashed eggplant.
Add remaining 1/4 cup of oil to eggplant slowly, stirring constantly.
Add lemon juice.
Mix well, and serve as an appetizer on crackers or other bread rounds.