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Grilled Eggplant Pepper Salad

Grilling is my favorite road to take with Eggplant. It enhances the vegetable’s meaty and smoky nature. I’m also more than happy to invite Peppers on the trip. This dish is traditionally Mediterranean, and I think this specific recipe is slightly North African.

Source: "The New York Times":http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/20/health/nutrition/20recipehealth.html?_r=1&ref=peppers (Entered by Arkansas Local Food Network)
Serves: A big bowl's worth
Vegan!

Ingredients
2-3 pounds Eggplant      View Available Products
2-3 whole Bell Peppers      View Available Products
3-6 whole Anaheim Peppers      View Available Products
1 clove Garlic
2-4 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 handful Parsley, Mint, and Cilantro, chopped

Step by Step Instructions
  1. Prepare a hot grill. Pierce the eggplants in several places with the tip of a knife. Grill the eggplants, peppers and chilies, turning them every four to five minutes until blackened all over and soft. The chilies will be done first, then the bell peppers, then the eggplants (timing depends upon the size). Remove the chilies and bell peppers, place in a bowl and cover tightly. Let sit 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer the eggplant as it’s done to the bowl. Cover and allow to sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Pour off any liquid from the bowl.
  2. Peel and seed the peppers. Cut into small dice. Peel the eggplant if desired, and chop and toss with the peppers. Add salt to taste, the lemon or lime juice, garlic, olive oil and herbs. Stir together well, and let sit for another 30 minutes or longer if possible. Serve at room temperature.
  3. A Catalan version of this, escalivada, omits the chilies and herbs but includes a couple of tomatoes and four spring onions, which are grilled with the other vegetables. About twice as much olive oil would be used in an authentic escalivada, but I prefer the amount called for in this recipe.

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