Reminiscent of baba ghanoush, this salad can be served alongside roasted or grilled meats or as a dip with crackers or flatbread.
2 medium red bell peppers
1 medium tomato, peeled and seeded
3 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
Dash of ground red pepper
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound eggplant, cut into (1-inch) cubes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 12 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and chop.
Place tomato in a blender; process until smooth. Combine tomato puree, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, ground red pepper, and garlic in a blender; process until smooth.
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add eggplant; cook 30 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in bell pepper and tomato mixture. Cook 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper.
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I really liked this and had no flatbreads so I served it over Orzo. I like the flavors but the only problem I had was trying to puree it in the blender. Maybe it's my cheap blender but I had to add a little more water to make it smooth. It also didn't need 30 minutes to cook the eggplant, more like 15. I would definately make this again and would also serve it at room temperature with flatbreads of lavash.
this is a great recipe! In Israel they call this "turkish salad", and this tastes exactly like I remember! I serve it with falafel and hummus and lavash bread or pita. It's so delicious! I didn't change a thing on the recipe - perfect the way it is!!!
Excellent side dish. I served with grilled chicken pesto and it added a lot of flavor and color to the plate. Our guests all had seconds and I wish I had made more. I cut the eggplant smaller than advised which made it cook faster than the recipe indicated, but I think I would do it the same way again since the smaller pieces helped to make all the flavors meld perfectly. I made ahead and served at room temperature. I think it could actually be good on pasta or throw in a few chickpeas for a vegetarian lunch. I will definitely make it again.
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