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Berenjenas fritas enmeladas con queso (Sweet fried eggplant)

Between Jews and eggplant, it has always been a love story. Even more for Sephardim. Eggplant was so often cooked by Spanish Jewish families that it became an identity sign of their culinary practices, to the extent that it was used in the Inquisition trials to denounce crypto Jews. There was so much love between this foodstuff and Judaism, as we can note in literary, poetic, culinary, and judicial sources, and yet sometimes in the complex context of the 13th century and even more so during the Inquisition the light did not enter easily to their houses. The same happened with olive oil used by Spanish Jews to prepare their dishes in the late Middle Ages. Olive oil was assimilated to culin

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