Since the beginning of the summer, our Snelling Avenue location has hosted a secret rotating menu of innovative and unique employee favorites, from the Camille pita to the Lachlan salad. Beyond the creativity of each option, what’s stood out the most to us are the ingredients consistently featured from week to week - the Greek feta and pork gyro meat, for example, appear to be universally loved by all of our staff (and really, who can blame us ... you know you love them too). The more surprising favorite, however, has been our salacious eggplant spread, present in every single creation.
Our eggplant spread is already well known to our vegan and dairy-free customers - we frequently substitute it into our gyros in place of yogurt-based tzatziki spread - but we don’t want our dairy and meat-loving guests to miss out any longer. The salacious spread has been described as everything from something-like-a-babaganoush to a Greek salsa - it’s versatile, garlicky, fresh, and absolutely delicious. Roasted red peppers and eggplants, charbroiled on our grill, make up the base of the spread - and the eggplants are so large that sometimes they’re roasted for over an hour before they’re ready to be blended with fresh parsley, scallions, garlic, lemon juice, imported Greek olive oil, and white wine vinegar. We make sure not to blend the spread too much though - we want to make sure it still has tons of dimension in texture as well as in its lightly smokey flavor.
And oh, that flavor! It lightens and mellows the richness of our meats and feta (this blogger likes to add a side of eggplant spread to literally every item on the menu - especially salads and gyros), and tastes equally delightful on its own, loaded up on a slice of pita bread. So, now that you’re in on the secret too, come in and get a taste - try a gyro with eggplant spread instead of tzatziki! Or make up your own creation and try a gyro with eggplant spread AND tzatziki. Who knows? Maybe a secret menu of customer favorites is next ;)
p.s. You can pick it up by the pint at our University location, too!
- Jessie Lee-Bauder