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Sunday, August 19, 2007

More Mediterranean

A trip to East Village Cheese 40 3rd Avenue at 9th Street this past weekend left me so excited to keep on with my Côte d'Azure kick! I picked up some fresh Morbier, Bulgarian Feta and other gourmand treats. East Village Cheese has a wide selection of basic imported cheese at inexpensive prices. Though other cheese shops such as the infallible Murray's have a much broader selection of artisanal cheeses, for your basic triple creme brie, this is the place to go! At $10.99 a pound the Morbier is a deal and the fetas are fresh and range from $3.99 to $6.99 a pound.

Grilled Eggplant and Feta Salad

2lbs Slim eggplants sliced pretty thin
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Bunch fresh parsley
1/3 lb fresh feta
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
juice of 1/2 a lemon
plenty of extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper
1 garlic clove
slices of crusty bread

Get the gril nice and hot. Brush the eggplant slices with plenty of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill with the cherry tomatoes until soft turning once. I had to do this in shifts since my grill top is pretty small, but this salad is good at room temperature. Once soft and the tomatoes are just bursting, toss with the feta, parsley, pine nuts and extra salt and pepper, drizzle with a little extra oil and the lemon juice. Rub the garlic clove on the slices of bread and brush lightly with oil, put on the still hot grill and toast!


Lula Ursini said...

it was delicious! I'm going to EV cheese TO-DAY!

DRAKE said...

OMG this looks so good as well - a busy summer for culinary experiments in cramped quarters, eh? Always inspired by the finery here at 312 Sq Ft. xxxx, D.