1/4cupfinely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsleyplus more for garnish
1dash paprikafor garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Use a fork to pierce the eggplant in several places and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake the eggplant until it is soft inside, about 20 minutes. Alternatively, grill the eggplant over a gas grill, rotating it around until the skin is completely charred, about 10 minutes. Let the eggplant cool.
Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, drain off the liquid, and scoop the pulp into a food processor. Process the eggplant until smooth and transfer to a medium bowl.
On a cutting board, press the garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt together using the flat side of a knife, until it forms a paste. Add the garlic-salt paste to the eggplant. Stir in the parsley, tahini, and lemon juice. Season with more salt, to taste. Garnish with paprika and additional parsley.