Eggplant Roasted in it’s Jacket

eggplant roasted in it's jacket

This simple approach to cooking eggplants lets their natural flavour shine. Simply roast for an hour, slice it open and pour on some tahini-yogurt sauce, whose slight bitterness and bright acidity mingle with the silky soft eggplant flesh perfectly! They can then be sprinkled with fresh herbs like basil, mint, fennel fronds, dill, or parsley, dried herb blends like za’atar, or even with date syrup or pomegranate seeds. Diners eat the insides of the eggplant, while leaving the ‘jacket’ behind. Serve one medium eggplant per person. 

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time1 hr
  • Total Time1 hr 10 min
  • Ready in1 hour
  • Serving Size1 medium eggplant per person
  • 1 medium eggplant per person* 
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • Lemon zest
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Chopped fresh herbs, za’atar, date syrup, or pomegranate seeds



Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


Put eggplant(s) on a lined sheet tray and put in the preheated oven for 60 minutes. Using a fork or spoon, press down on skin of eggplant, if it is squishy, with lots of give, that means it’s ready to eat. If not, roast for another 15 minutes and try again. 


Meanwhile, mix together tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic. Stir vigorously until the sauce becomes smooth and creamy. Add salt to taste. Sauce recipe can be doubled if necessary. 


Chop the fresh herbs, or prepare alternate topping. 


When eggplant(s) are ready, move to plate, slice open from top to bottom and spoon a generous amount of the sauce into the opening. Sprinkle lemon zest and herbs over the sauce. Enjoy! 

*Can be any type of eggplant, but narrow or very small eggplants need less cooking time

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