Smoky Eggplant with sumac yogurt

Photography by Angie Norwood Browne

Smoky Eggplant with sumac yogurt

2 medium eggplants, whole

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

¼ tsp. chili flakes

1/2  tsp. fresh marjoram, chopped

1 lemon

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

½ tsp. ground sumac

sea salt and pepper

Garnish: mixed olives, marjoram, olive oil and sumac.

 For the eggplant:

Roast eggplant, directly over a medium heat charcoal fire or gas grill for 12-18 minutes, until the interior is softened and the skin is charred evenly all over.  Set aside until cool.  Peel away burnt skin and cut off stem. Pull eggplant flesh into loose strips and put in a bowl.

Over low heat, sauté garlic in 2 T. olive oil until softened.  Add chili flakes, sauté 30 seconds more, and pour over eggplant.  Add 1 tsp. of the marjoram, juice of ½ lemon and mix together gently.  Salt and pepper to taste.

For the yogurt:

Mix yogurt with ¼ tsp of the sumac.  Add a squeeze of lemon juice and salt to taste.

To serve:

 Spread a circle of the yogurt on a large plate.  Spoon eggplant onto the center.  Top with a generous drizzle of olive oil.  Garnish with olives, marjoram and a sprinkle of sumac. Serve with with freshly grilled pita bread.

Recipe and food styling by Patty Wittmann.


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy


  1. Cheryl

    This really looks good. Too bad it takes so long. For me that is. We do plan on getting a little bbq one of these days. Hope all is well in Seattle. Love you lots. On my way to Clay Fest in Eugene this weekend.

  2. That sounds fantastic – I love the photo of the squat, baked eggplant. Fantastic!

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