Baba Ghanoush

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You can make this wonderful bread accompaniment by hand, as directed in this recipe, or simply place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to a thick puree.

Ingredients:

1 medium eggplant pricked all over with a fork
1 clove garlic pressed or finely minced, and squashed with the side of a knife
juice of 1 lemon (2-3 tablespoons)
2 inch pita wedge or half slice bread, crumbled
1/4 chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley for garnish

Directions:

1. Microwave the eggplant about 10 minutes, or until it is soft. Let cool until you can handle it comfortably.

2. Scoop the flesh into a bowl, add the garlic, and mash with a potato masher. Add the bread and lemon juice, and continue to mash and stir the mixture until well blended.

3. Stir in the parsley, salt, and pepper. Garnish with more parsley and serve.


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