Every Greek cook has a version of this spread. In restaurants, you'll often find the eggplant mixed with mayonnaise - a French-inspired variation. This fresh-tasting spread is great with pita chips or as a topping for steamed potatoes; Aglaia Kremezi also likes to serve it in the summer as a cold sauce for pasta such as penne or tagliatelle.
3 eggplants (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cups fresh parsley leaves, divided
2/3 cup coarsely chopped green onions
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, quartered
1 bottled pepperoncini pepper
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) carton plain low-fat yogurt
How to Make It
Cut eggplants in half lengthwise. Place on a jelly-roll pan, cut sides up; brush cut sides with 1 tablespoon oil. Broil 15 minutes or until tender and browned. Remove from oven; cool on pan 10 minutes. Peel eggplants; chop pulp. Place pulp in a bowl.
Finely chop 1 cup parsley; set aside. Combine remaining parsley, 2 tablespoons oil, onions, vinegar, garlic, and pepperoncini pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl occasionally; add to eggplant. Stir in reserved chopped parsley, capers, salt, and black pepper. Cover and chill 2 hours.
Spoon yogurt onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand for 5 minutes. Scrape yogurt from paper towel into eggplant mixture; stir gently.