A stuffed eggplant dish that is served cold but you could have warm. I prefer it cold as it allows for the flavours to develop.
This is loosely based upon a traditional Turkish recipe called Imam Bayildi, which translated means “the Imam fainted” (the Imam is an Islamic religious leader). It was called this because the Imam found the recipe so delicious he fainted. I have yet to faint at a dish so delicious but a few times have made lots of happy noises and growled at anyone trying to take the last piece!
This is a perfect starter or great as a main with a side salad. A great dish to prepare ahead as it is served cold and great for the packed lunch box too!
I just adore Turkish food and have many happy memories of eating in Istanbul. I was so lucky to visit there a lot when I was working in Dubai. I just loved the country, the people and the food! Their fresh produce is just so succulent and tasty! The cherries, the tomatoes, and oh, the feta cheese…….mmmmmmm!