The meaty texture of the eggplant, the sweetness of the red peppers and the brininess of the capers create a dish full of flavor that could easily be served as a tasty side.
1 medium eggplant (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 medium red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
How to Make It
Pierce eggplant several times with a fork; place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 30 minutes or until blackened, turning frequently. Cool eggplant slightly; peel and chop.
Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and chop.
Combine eggplant, bell pepper, onion, and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; toss well.
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Flavor was great. Left out capers because my husband doesn't like them. The eggplant was very mushy. Next time I think I'd add artichoke hearts because it would break up the softness of the peppers and eggplant.
Loved the capers. I broiled the eggplant and pepper together. My grocery didn't have regular eggplant, so I used two smaller Japanese eggplants, and it worked fine. The lemon juice is so nice and tart, mixed with the capers and parsley -- delish! I love tangy food, and was looking for more ways to incorporate eggplant into our dinner rotation. This definitely fits the bill. Served this as a side with CL Greek Cod Cakes. I will definitely make this again.
All the flavors melded quite well together. I actually added a few extra capers because I love them. I also used Chipolte red pepper flakes to add a little smokiness. Will definitely make this again. I also broiled both the eggplant and red pepper together and just took out the pepper when it was done first.
This has great flavor. I broiled the peppers and eggplant at the same time. I found the eggplant was pretty mushy, so it didn't look diced like the photo, but was delicious. Also, I don't think it would feed 8. Would be great served with grilled pita. A tasty side dish salad!
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