Easy recipe for makdous. Learn how to make the best Lebanese makdous. This popular Lebanese pickle is served as a mezze. Make sure the walnuts have a fresh taste.
Ingredients - Makes 2 quarts
- 2 pounds small, thin eggplants (3-4 inches long)
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1 small chili, finely chopped
- 4-6 cloves garlic, crushed
- Olive oil
- Trim the stem end of the eggplants and pierce the skin in a few places with a pointed knife. Poach in salted water for 10-15 minutes, or until soft, weighing the eggplants down with a small, heavy lid. Drain, and when they are cool, very gently squeeze to get rid of the water.
- Mix the walnuts with the chili and garlic and add a little salt. Cut a slit lengthwise down the middle of each eggplant but not right through, leaving the ends so as to form a pocket. Stuff with the walnut mixture.
- Put the eggplants in a colander over a bowl, with a plate and weight on top, and leave overnight for water to drain. Transfer carefully to a jar, and cover with oil. They should be ready in a few days, and they keep for a month in the refrigerator.
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