Eggplant Pomegranate Relish

See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer

We adapted this recipe from Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby's 1997 cookbook License to Grill (Morrow, 1997). Serve this tangy relish with fish or game.

Eggplant Pomegranate Relish
This relish makes an intriguing complement to fish or game.
Yield: makes About 3 Cups

Ingredients

  • 13 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant, cubed
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 (2") piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 13 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 small pomegranate, seeded (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat until hot. Add eggplant and cook, stirring often, until soft, 5–10 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, add onions and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, 2–3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato juice, pomegranate molasses, and cayenne, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir to loosen brown bits on bottom of skillet. Bring mixture just to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint and, if using, pomegranate seeds. Adjust seasonings.