Beyond ratatouille and baba ghanoush, it can be tough to think of exciting ways to cook eggplant. Roasting it brings out its sweet, toasty flavors and silky texture, but if you’re not careful, it can absorb too much oil and be soggy. Za’atar is a fantastically delicious Middle Eastern spice mix made from thyme, sesame seeds, and ground sumac (a sour-tasting red berry). It tastes great on everything – mix it with olive oil and spread it on bread, rub it on meats for grilling – and it is absolutely addictive on eggplant!
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