Roasted Eggplant and Feta Dip

Roasted Eggplant and Feta Dip

Roasted Eggplant and Feta Dip

Ingredients:

1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup crumbled feta cheese, preferably Greek

½ cup finely chopped onion

1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 small chile pepper, such as jalapeno, seeded and minced (optional)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

¼ teaspoon salt

Pinch of sugar (optional)

Preparation:

1. Position Oven Rack about 6 inches from the heat source; preheat boiler.

2. Line a baking pan with foil. Place eggplant in the pan and poke a few holes all over it to vent steam. Broil the eggplant, turning with tongs every 5 minutes, until the skin is charred and a knife inserted into the dense flesh near the stem goes in easily, 14 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board until cool enough to handle.

3. Put lemon juice in a medium bowl. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise and scrape the flesh into the bowl, tossing with the lemon juice to help prevent discoloring. Add oil and stir with a fork until the oil is absorbed. (It should be a little chunky.) Stir in feta, onion, bell pepper, chile pepper (if using), basil, parsley, cayenne and salt. Taste and add sugar if needed.

*Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

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