Recipes for your New Year’s Eve Party! #1: Creamy Eggplant and Feta Dip

New Year’s party favorites – wow them with tidbits so tasty they will think you spent hours in the kitchen. These picks are so easy, you will have more time to visit with your guests.

Creamy Eggplant and Feta Dip

A knockoff of the traditional eggplant dip (melitzanosalata), creamy feta gives it a new look and taste.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled

½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Fresh juice of one lemon

kosher salt and black pepper

crackers or pita chips for serving

Directions:

Heat oven to 400° F. Poke the eggplant with holes. This step is very important so that the eggplant doesn’t explode in your oven when you are roasting it. Rub the eggplant with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Roast, in a baking dish, until very tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool.

Cut the eggplant in half and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Discard the skin. Add the Feta, parsley, lemon, the remaining oil, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the additional parsley. Serve with the pita chips or crackers.