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Russian Eggplant Spread

Friday, July 17, 2015

Courtesy:  Chef Carla Owens

1 1/4 cup tomato paste
1 large eggplant
1 green or red pepper
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T sugar
1 1 T lemon juice
1 1/2 T salt
1 1/8 T pepper
1 baguette, sliced for serving spread

Pierce eggplant 3 or 4 times with fork. Wrap green pepper in foil. Place eggplant and green pepper in shallow baking dish. Bake at 400F until eggplant is very soft, about 35 minutes. Cool. Remove skin from eggplant and seeds from pepper. Chop both. Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat until tender. Stir in eggplant, chopped pepper and remaining ingredients except bread. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Place mixture in blender and blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with bread.

Photo: Sara Graca

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