Imam Bayildi (Stuffed Eggplant)

Imam Bayildi latterly means The Imam Fainted – a wonderfully descriptive and playful name for a recipe. Of course, no one really knows if the fabled Imam from the Ottoman Empire really fainted after tasting this dish. In fact, there is no real indication an Imam was involved in the initial tasting. Nonetheless, the name still tells us this dish originated from the Turkish region of the ex-Ottoman Empire. It was tasty. And judging from the description of someone fainting after tasting it, and the playful nature of the name, I guess it was extremely tasty.

Today, this

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