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A Gypsy Favorite: Catouns, or Grilled Eggplant, Recipe

Gypsy food is influenced by many cultures and foods; a favorite being grilled eggplant, almost burned, called "catouns."

Summer 2014

  • The simplest way for the gypsies to enjoy eggplant was to start a barbecue and do what they call the “catouns.”
    Photo courtesy iStock/Joe_Potato

Total Hands-On Time: Approx. 20 min

Yield: 1 mid-size platter

Gypies know of many ways of cooking eggplant throughout their years of discovering and distributing the vegetable across the world, but how do the Gypsies prefer the eggplant when they set their tents, caravans, and trailers for the annual pilgrimage at the beach of Saintes-Maries de la Mer in Camargue? The simplest way: they start a barbecue and do what they call the “catouns” (from a word meaning “burned”).


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