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Healthy Eggplant Spread Recipes

Eggplant Spread Recipes

 

Sometimes called beggar's caviar, this spread is quite good with all kinds of chips or bread. I like to add this to an antipasto plate or any cold buffet. Some healthy eggplant recipes call for adding chopped tomato and/or hard-cooked eggs, but I prefer this plain simple vegetable recipes.

Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 large eggplant

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 11/2 small onion, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or more to taste, plus additional for garnishing

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • Hot pepper sauce to taste

  • Salt to taste

  1. Heat the oven to 450F.

  2. Pick the eggplant all over with a fork. Put the whole eggplant in a small shallow baking dish and bake until it is very tender when pierced with a knife, up to 1 hour.

  3. Cool the eggplant. Halve it lengthwise, scoop out the flesh, and place it on a cutting board. Discard the skin. Chop the eggplant, but do not puree. Place the chopped eggplant in a medium-size bowl. Beat in the olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is thick. Stir in the onion, garlic, and parsley. Season with lemon juice and hot pepper sauce. Add salt, chill several hours and garnish with the additional parsley.

Variation:
For a slightly smoky flavor, halve the unpeeled raw eggplant lengthwise and grill over medium coals, turning from time to time, until the eggplant is very tender and almost collapsed. Proceed with the healthy eggplant recipe.

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