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The roasting of the eggplant and use of tahini makes this a very flavorful
It can be made ahead, but should be brought to room temperature before serving.
Serve with pita chips, sliced focaccia, or fresh vegetables.
1 medium eggplant
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
2 cloves garlic
2/3 tablespoon salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
Place eggplant on center shelf in hot oven. Cook until soft, turning often. Peel off skin while hot. Remove stem and end of eggplant, if firm.
Chop flesh. Put in blender or food processor. Puree. Blend in most of the lemon juice. Gradually add tahini.
Crush garlic into a paste with 1 teaspoon salt. Add to eggplant. Beat well. Adjust flavor with lemon juice and remaining salt. Beat in olive oil and parsley. If using food processor, put about 4 sprigs of parsley into container. Process until chopped, but still visible.
Place in shallow dish. Garnish with parsley. Serve with Arab bread as an appetizer.