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Stuffed Eggplant Dip Recipe

Stuffed Eggplant Dip Recipe

This dip is popular with family and friends, especially when we can feature our homegrown vegetables. Serving it in eggplant shells makes for a fun presentation.—Marcia Marcoux, Charlton, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pita breads, cut into wedges

Directions

  • 1. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise. Remove pulp, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Brush inside of shell with lemon juice; set aside.
  • 2. Place eggplant pulp in a steamer basket; place in a saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 5-8 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  • 3. In a large skillet, saute the green pepper, celery, onion and carrot in oil for 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, cilantro, vinegar, garlic, salt, basil, cayenne and eggplant pulp. Cook and stir over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until thickened.
  • 4. Spoon dip into eggplant shells. Serve with pita wedges. Yield: 3 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without pita bread) equals 36 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 105 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.