This healthy eggplant appetizer recipe pairs grilled eggplant slices with smoky eggplant dip. Serve with garlic-rubbed grilled bread.
Preheat grill to medium.
Cut small eggplants into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Sprinkle both sides with 1/2 teaspoon salt and let stand for 10 minutes. Mince 1 garlic clove and combine with 2 tablespoons oil and butter in a small bowl. Brush on both sides of the eggplant slices.
Pierce large eggplant in several places with a fork. Grill, turning frequently, until starting to char on all sides, 15 to 20 minutes total. Move to a cooler spot and continue to cook, turning once, until very tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
Meanwhile, grill the eggplant slices, turning once or twice, until tender and well-marked, 6 to 10 minutes total.
Cut the large eggplant in half. Scoop the flesh into a food processor. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 2 cloves garlic and 2 tablespoons oil, tahini, lemon juice and pepper. Process until almost smooth.
To serve, place the dip and eggplant slices on a platter. Sprinkle with goat cheese and parsley.
Make Ahead Tip: Hold at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
1 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 fat