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Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip

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Ingredients
  Eggplants 2 1⁄2 Pound (1 large / 2 medium size)
  Olive oil 6 Tablespoon
  Finely chopped onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Finely chopped green bell pepper 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced
  Tomatoes 1 Pound, peeled, seeded and chopped (2 large size)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 2 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Fresh lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
  Cherry tomato halves 4 (for garnish)
  Pita bread wedges 1 Cup (16 tbs) (for serving)
Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Place the eggplant on a rack over a baking sheet and set it in the center of the oven. Turning every 15 minutes, bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until the skin is soft and wrinkled. Remove from the oven with the rack and set aside to cool.
2. Cut the eggplant in half and scoop out the pulp and then finely chop it with a knife or process it briefly in a food processor. Turn into a colander and let drain for 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, warm 4 tablespoons of the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the bell pepper and garlic and cook 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and combine in a bowl with the eggplant. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, salt, black pepper and cayenne.
4. In a large skillet over moderate heat, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the eggplant mixture and bring it to a simmer, stirring constantly. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to low and continue simmering for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove the cover and cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes, or until the moisture has evaporated. The mixture should hold its shape when stirred with a spoon. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
6. To serve, turn the mixture into a bowl and decorate with the cherry tomato halves. Serve it with triangles of pita bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Eggplant
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
130 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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