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Grilled Eggplant Dip

This recipe (which I borrowed from Bobby Flay) is a fun, summer appetizer. Instead of roasting an eggplant in the oven, grill it to get a smoky taste. Serve with pita bread to start a summer time dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup canola oil 
  • Salt & Pepper taste
  • 1 large eggplant, ends trimmed, sliced lengthwise 1-inch thick 
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup tahini 
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt 
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Zest of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 
  • 6 pita breads, cut for dipping

Directions

  1. Heat a grill to medium.
  2. Brush the red pepper with some of the canola oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Brush the eggplant slices on both sides with more of the canola oil, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Grill the red pepper, turning occasionally, until charred all over and tender, about 15 minutes.
  5. Grill the eggplant until charred on the first side, about 3-4 minutes. Turn and continue grilling until tender, another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Transfer pepper to a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let steam while you make the eggplant dip.
  7. Transfer the eggplant to a cutting board.
  8. Remove the skin from the eggplant and put in a food processor.
  9. Add the chopped garlic, tahini, yogurt, lemon zest, oregano and smoked paprika to the food processor. Pulse until smooth and thick.
  10. Add salt to taste.
  11. Transfer eggplant mixture to a serving bowl and let sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  12. Peel, seed and dice the red pepper. (skin should come off easily)
  13. Top with the diced peppers and the chopped parsley.
  14. Drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over the dip.
  15. Serve with warm pita.

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2 thoughts on “Grilled Eggplant Dip

  1. Dear Charlie, Yet another Greek invention. Love it!

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    Charlie DeSando posted: ” https://youtu.be/bL3vfQKslP0 [1] This recipe (which I borrowed from Bobby Flay) is a fun, summer appetizer. Instead of roasting an eggplant in the oven, grill it to get a smoky taste. Serve with pita bread to start a summer time dinner party. Ingredi”

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