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                          Curried Eggplant Strudel
 
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Appetizers                       Vegetables
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1       lg           Eggplant -- peeled/diced
      1/2   ts           Salt
    1       c            Chopped onion
    1       tb           Olive oil
    1                    Garlic clove -- minced
    1       tb           Curry powder
    1       t            Ground cumin
    1       t            Chili powder
    1       c            Chopped canned tomatoes
    2       tb           Sugar
      1/4   ts           Ground saffron
      1/4   c            Vinegar
      1/2   c            Roasted peanuts -- chopped
    1       lb           Frozen phyllo dough (24
                         Sheets) -- defrosted
      3/4   lb           Unsalted butter --
                         Clarified
    1       c            Plain yogurt
 
   Toss the eggplant with the salt and set aside for 30 minutes. Wrap in a
   towel and squeeze out any excess moisture. Set aside.
   
   In a skillet, saute the onion in the olive oil over medium heat until soft,
   about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, curry powder, cumin and chili powder, and
   cook 2 more minutes.
   
   Add the reserved eggplant, tomatoes and sugar. Mix the saffron into the
   vinegar and add to mixture. Simmer for 15 minutes, until the eggplant is
   soft. Add a bit of water if the mixture should become too dry.
   
   Add the peanuts and cool completely.
   
   Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
   
   Place a sheet of phyllo on a clean work surface and drizzle lightly
   with clarified butter. Layer five more sheets, drizzling a bit more
   butter atop each layer. Brush the top layer with butter.
   
   Place a quarter of the filling over the sheets, mounding more of it
   along one of the longer sides. Roll the sheets up jelly roll-style,
   starting at the edge with the mounded filling. Place seam-side down
   on a greased sheet pan and brush with more cla rified butter. Make
   three more strudels using the rest of the phyllo and the remaining
   filling and butter.
   
   On sheet pans, bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about
   25 to 30 minutes, moving the pans front to back and top to bottom
   halfway through. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
   
   Cut the strudel in 1-inch-thick slices and top with yogurt.
   
   Per hors d'oeuvre: 64 calories, 1 gm protein, 5 gm carbohydrates, 5
   gm fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 2 gm saturated fat, 61 mg sodium
   
   Andrew Schloss is a cookbook author whose “Dinner’s Ready,” written with
   Ken Bookman, was published earlier this year by William Morrow.
   
   The Washington Post 12/20/95
  
 
 
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