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Tomato Salad with Mint & Chili

Erez Komarovsky

Lesson time 7 min

Not just a tomato salad, Erez takes it to new heights by adding his favorites, mint, and chili. Learn how to make this Summery salad and get inspired by its flavors.

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I’ve been eating schnitzels all my life, and the idea of doing schnitzel from baby lamb chop with the mustard and the lemon rind and the Parmesan and thyme and the bread crumb mixture. Wow. Simple and beautiful idea. Good, good. Aharoni! My friend! Hi, how are you, Aharoni? Hi guys. Hi. It’s amazing, You just opened the butchery… -[Aharoni] Eight months ago. [Erez] Wow. I just want to tell you that it’s a gorgeous butchery and it’s so different than what we have up north, because everything here is, you know, is aged and cut differently. I think one of the secrets of making any kind of food shop is to really understand where you’re located. It really is a very neighborhood kind of place. I admire you. Okay. The first recipe I did was your recipes. And I remember, I remember when I was, I think early 20s I said to Mickey, I really want to be like Aharoni one day. So I didn’t become like you. You became you. No, no, no. But I admire you. Thank you. I just wanted to tell you this now. Let’s take something and cook it at your place, no? Absolutely. I’m dying to eat something. We’re gonna take tiny little lamb chops and we’re going to schnitzel them. I saw it on the Instagram and I said wow, this is so brilliant. This is so brilliant. [Aharoni] It’s a nice combination between Israeli schnitzel and lamb chops. Yeah, yeah. What can go wrong? I always grill it. And the idea of schnitzeling it, wow. It’s nice. Wow, It’s so good to be here. It’s been ages since I came to your place. Yeah, shame on you. Shame on me. Yeah. Wow, wow, wow, wow. I’m excited to do this with you. Chicken schnitzel is the most popular everyday food in Israel, so this is a new version of the Israeli schnitzel. A twist and wow. It blew my mind. And it’s from my son, you know he was the one who activated the whole idea because he said let’s do something else this time with the lamb chops. And I said all right. And when I started doing it, he said what are you doing? I mean, come on, that’s not what I meant. I said, shut up. You know, you asked me to do something, let me do my thing. Then he freaked out when he had it. [Erez] Of course. I freaked out only from seeing it in the photograph. Okay, let’s do it like this. Breadcrumbs here. The other thing, Erez that I will ask you to do is. To grate it? Yeah. How much? About four tablespoons, or even more. And I’ll chop some thyme. When you fry Parmesan cheese, it’s so nice. I love it. Eggs. And mustard. Yeah, that’s beautiful. And mix some thyme. Look, Erez. Some mustard into the eggs. (fork whisking) And the other stuff, Erez. Lemon rind. Yeah. Interesting that you put the lemon rind in the mustard. Usually I would put that in there. So you put also the lemon juice inside the egg mixture. Yeah, yeah. I’ll mix it for you? Yeah. Please do. [Erez] Nice smell already. Okay, here comes the nice part, Erez. Okay, I’m showing you one, you’re doing the rest. Okay? Okay. [Aharoni] Should we double dip? [Erez] Double dip, of course, double dip. [Aharoni] Also the edges. Wow. Nice. I’m dying to taste it already. I have it in my mouth. I can feel it. [Aharoni] Go ahead, enjoy. [Erez] Okay, I am enjoying it. (stove clicking) Olive oil, half a centimeter or so. Olive oil is the best. I mean, you can do it with butter, but I really do prefer this version with the olive oil. It’s very great. Simple and beautiful idea. I am chapeau. And I’m jealous, Aharoni, that you thought about it. [Aharoni] Oh, come on, Erez. No, no, I’m serious. Wow. Isn’t the nicest corner of Tel-Aviv, my balcony? Look at the color. Oh wow, wow. Look at the color. Four to five minutes on each side. Not on a very high heat. I mean, as low as possible when frying these. It’s gonna be like nice pinkish inside. Low and slow. I think shallow frying is more crispy than deep fry because the contact with the warm metal gives it an extra crispiness. So I prefer that from deep frying. (meat sizzling) Nice sound. See, really nice, slow frying. Because the protection of the breadcrumbs, especially since we double dipped it, it’s finishing really slow. Wow, this is nice. [Aharoni] Because I want to fry it on the edges, as well. No, I know, I know. This is the photo. I always say cooking with gas, especially when it comes to frying, is like driving a car. You don’t just put the heat and that’s it. So you have to just take it low, high, according to the situation in front of you. I don’t have patience for this, you know? I do. Yeah. I fry and move at very high flames. You want to be very accurate, in this case, you have to be very accurate, otherwise you’re gonna be undercooked. So the slow process, I think, is really very important here. (meat sizzling) Wow, feel that, they’re toast. Let’s wait a little more, right? It’s amazing, the evolution of the smell of those lamb chops, you know, the beginning it felt more of the Parmesan, now we feel the thyme and the, it’s deeper. [Aharoni] Develops, yeah. [Aharoni] I think this one is ready now. Ah. Salt and pepper, Erez. There is salt and pepper, no? Yeah. Should I put it on? Yeah, when you eat, you know. Enjoy. I mean, you can have it as a lollipop. I call it the lamb lollipop. Yeah, yeah, the lamb lollipop. Of course. And don’t forget the salt and pepper. Gets so soft because it’s a very young lamb and the heat is perfect for this. Wow. Wow. Perfect. It’s a perfect way to do lambchops. [Erez] Wow. And you don’t really need the knife and fork for that. No. The crust is gorgeous. You succeeded to make it a nice twist on the most, most common Israeli dish, the schnitzel. We have. And I know weinerschnitzel, I know the German schnitzel from pork, but I never, never, I never taste a schnitzel that is made out of lamb. Well, you can say that’s the Israeli version, right? Yeah. That’s really nice. I’ll take another one, what can I do? Go ahead. What can I do? I stole the last one. And you can’t imagine how difficult it was to watch you eating it, but you deserve it. You deserve it, Aharoni. Thank you. No, because you made it, you invented it.

About the Instructor

Renowned chef, baker, and cookbook author celebrated as the “Godfather” of modern Israeli cuisine, Erez Komarovsky takes viewers on a journey to discover the roots of his Middle Eastern cuisine. Starting from the bustling markets of Tel Aviv, Israel to his blissful home in the North Galilee, Erez teaches viewers how to bake his “flowering” Challah and Pita breads, plus his signature dishes including Lamb Kebabs, Hummus Mezze with Falafel, Harissa Chicken, Fish Crudo and more.