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Roasted Eggplant Spread

 Roasted Eggplant Spread
Black pepper and garlic perk up this out-of-the-ordinary spread that hits the spot on a crisp cracker or toasted bread slice. "It's excellent," assures Barbara McCalley of Allison Park, Pennsylvania.
8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Toasted bread slices or assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the red peppers, eggplant, onion and garlic.
  • Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking
  • spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 45-50 minutes or until
  • lightly browned and tender, stirring once. Cool slightly.
  • Place vegetables and tomato paste in a food processor; cover and
  • process until chopped and blended. Transfer to a serving bowl; cool
  • to room temperature. Serve with bread. Yield: 2 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1/4 cup (calculated without bread or crackers) equals 83 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 153 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.