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Melitzanosalata - Greek Eggplant Dip in a bowl with hand bread dipped in it

Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Edyta
Melitzanosalata is a Greek Eggplant Dip that is made from roasted or charred eggplants, garlic, onions, olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. It has a chunky consistency and is usually served as a mezze (appetizer) with pita or crusted bread. You can top it off with some Kalamata olives for extra flavor.
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Ingredients

  • 2 Eggplants Large
  • 1/4 Vidalia Onion or other Sweet Onion Medium
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice Freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Parsley Freshly chopped
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Spanish Smoked Paprika (hot or sweet) optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400F;
  • Puncture the eggplants with the fork all over. Place eggplants on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or brushed with olive oil;
  • Roast eggplants for approximately 60 minutes, rotating every 15 minutes;
  • In the meantime, place garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, a pinch of salt & pepper in a food processor and process until smooth;
  • Once the eggplants are roasted, take them out of the oven and let cool off;
  • Once the eggplants are cool enough to handle, remove skin and place flush in a colander. Let it sit there for 15 minutes. Move to the cutting board and roughly chop;
  • Place eggplant in a bowl, and shred onion directly into the bowl;
  • Add chopped parsley;
  • Add garlic, olive oil, lemon, vinegar mixture and mix gently to combine;
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly;
  • If desired, add sweet or hot Spanish smoked Paprika;
  • Chill for an hour before serving;
  • Serve as an appetizer or mezze with olives, crusty bread or pita bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg