Remember last year, the Turkish meatballs were the star of the show. You can see them here at this post on the 2011 Pink Party.. This year, the most intesting of eggplant based dishes stole the show for me.
It turns out that in Turkey small eggplant are hollowed out , strung up and dried. Reminds me of what is done with Chili all across the Mediterranean and in New Mexico, the Chili capital of the US.
|Dried Turkish Eggplant Husks|
Turkish Eggplant Stuffed with Meat and Rice
|Dried Turkish Eggplant Stuffed with Aromatic Beef and Rice|
The stuffing contained beef, cooked rice , and lots of herb flavors, dill in particular. A Greek style
yogurt sauce would also make the perfect dip for these babies.
All in all, the pot luck idea filled my friends table with many different dishes, and a few desserts too. the party spread was abundant , and of high quality.
|The Party "Spread"|
My contributions tot he party were two dishes that I prepared in less than 20 minutes flat.I stuck with a vegetarian theme to be on the safe side. Some of the guests preferred dishes of a more healthy nature.
Baby Green Pea Salad with Citrus Dressing
Sauteed Artichoke Hearts
|Pea and Artichoke Dishes|
To make the salad, barely blanche some fresh or frozen sweet peas. Toss with a vinaigrette made with some lemon juice, a splash of orange juice, white wine vinegar. Add a few slices of sweet navel oranges. Season with S/P. This salad acts as a palate cleanser or can be used as part of an appetizer set.
Looking forward to next year's party , and lots of belly dancing