About the Dish

1 ounce Green Onion
4 cloves Garlic
3/4 cup Brown Rice
10 ounces Japanese Eggplant
1/4 teaspoon Beautiful Briny Sea Sultan Papadopoulos salt
1 packet Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 packet Turbinado Sugar
1 ounce Walnuts
1 ounce Feta Cheese
4 sprigs Cilantro
1 tablespoon Tahini
Per Serving
Calories 660
Total Fat 35 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 500 mg
Total Carbohydrates 77 g
Dietary Fiber 12 g
Sugar 10 g
Protein 15 g
Robert Lupo

Armed with a degree in journalism, Robert Lupo began working in restaurants in Columbia, SC and Atlanta, GA.

With a degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, Robert Lupo has worked in restaurant kitchens from his hometown of Columbia, SC, to Atlanta, GA, including Motor Supply Company, The Globe in Tech Square, Eclipse di Sol, Aria, Brick Store Pub, and Leon’s Full Service. In 2012, he founded the vegetarian Sherrywood Supper Club in Atlanta, where he lives with his wife. Lupo currently works for the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, on the Nutrition staff.

Dark Lager

Marzens and other dark lager styles can be difficult to find; however, they are always a treat. Lagers are cold fermented to produce crisp clean flavors. Darker malts used with lager yeast tend to produce more nutty and chocolate flavors than in a lighter lager. The roasted eggplant and walnuts in this dish will pair wonderfully with a nutty flavored dark lager.

Suggestion One: Harpoon Octoberfest, Boston, Massachusetts Suggestion Two: Uinta Ba Ba Black Lager, Salt Lake City, Utah

Arneis – Italy

Tahini and walnuts add amazing complexity with subtle nutty umami and tannin characteristics that often mimic the same flavors found in wine. Arneis from the Langhe in Italy can be nutty and creamy while retaining great acidity and lots of citrus fruits. It’s perfect for this dish because the citrus offers contrast while the nuttiness and weight match up with the tahini and walnuts.

Pairing - Damilano, Langhe Arneis – Langhe, Piedmont, Italy

METHOD

1
Heat oven to 450° F. Prepare your mise en place: Halve eggplant lengthwise; cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Finely chop green onion, keeping white and green parts separate. Peel and mince garlic. Pick and roughly chop cilantro.
2
In a saucepan with a lid, combine 1 teaspoon olive oil, green onion whites and garlic. Place over medium heat, and cook until lightly toasted and fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add rice, and cook 2-3 minutes more, stirring frequently. Add 1 1/2 cups water, and increase heat to high. When water comes to a boil cover pot, reduce heat to low and cook until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, 25-30 minutes.
3
While rice cooks prepare the eggplant. In a mixing bowl combine eggplant, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon Sultan Papadopoulos salt. Mix thoroughly. Spread out eggplant on a baking pan. (Reserve mixing bowl for later.) Place in oven, and roast until eggplant is browned and tender, about 20 minutes.
4
While eggplant cooks prepare the dressing. In a small mixing bowl combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon water, tahini, Bragg Liquid Aminos and sugar. Mix thoroughly, and set aside.
5
Return cooked eggplant to reserved mixing bowl. Add tahini dressing and walnuts, and mix thoroughly. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired with Sultan Papadopoulos salt.
6
When rice is cooked, divide between 2 plates. Top with eggplant and sauce. Sprinkle each with onion greens, cilantro and feta cheese. Enjoy!

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