Baked Eggplant Appetizer
Absolutely delicious. First time I made an eggplant dip, and it was surprisingly tasty. The mixture of roasted bell peppers, eggplants, feta cheese, garlic and onion was so yummy and flavorful.
peeled and quartered
sweet red bell peppers
halved and seeded
Preheat oven to 350℉ (180℃).
Halve eggplant lengthwise. Brush all sides with olive oil. Place halves cut-side down on a baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes. Brush onion, garlic and red pepper with oil; add to eggplant. Bake 25 to 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender.
Cool eggplant; scoop out flesh and place in a food processor or wooden bowl. Squeeze garlic pulp from skins, peel red pepper, and add to eggplant along with onion, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Process or finely chop by hand. Do not puree.
Mix in 3 oz. of the feta cheese. Spoon mixture into a serving bowl. Sprinkle remaining feta cheese around the edge of mixture; mound parsley in the center.
Serve with pita bread or crackers.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings.