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grandma's pot le gel

Recipe by
Lily Moritz
Springfield, NJ

My Grandma was notorious for her home cooked family favorites. There was never a visit without a hot, homemade pie. Another recipe was for this eggplant dip. My Poppy adored this dip! She had given me the recipe, but I lost it. Poppy has since passed on and Grandma has dementia, and so for the last couple of years, I tried searching the internet without luck. Luck changed when Grandma and I were looking at a recipe for ratatouille, when it all came back to her! Wooden utensils are recommended to avoid oxidization.

yield 1 1/2 cups
method Microwave

Ingredients For grandma's pot le gel

  • 1 md
  • 1 tsp
    oil (i suggest olive oil, it's healthiest. start with 1 teaspoon. another recipe we found says 4-5 tablespoons. you may not need all of that.)
  • 1 md
    onion (finely grated, or finely chopped)
  • 3 lg
    garlic cloves, mashed (the amount you use is to your preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make grandma's pot le gel

  • 1
    Microwave until soft. I don't recall the exact microwaving time, but I recommend starting with five minutes and then another five, then another, until it will slightly 'sink' in it's appearance. DO NOT OVERCOOK!
  • 2
    After cooking, cut the green tips off. Peel the skin, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. I remember my grandmother using a grapefruit spoon for this.
  • 3
    Mash the meat in a bowl. Use a little olive oil. Start with 1 teaspoon.
  • 4
    Add salt, pepper, onion, and garlic (optional).
  • 5
    Cover, chill and serve with crackers or matzoh. This makes an excellent accompaniment alongside your vegetable trays!