Gotta have my eggplant!

by jerseygirl on May 14, 2009 · 38 comments

In my last post, I told you about how I ruined my eggplant by breaking the glass dish it was in. Well all I could think about was the poor eggplant and how I really wanted some eggplant dip. So I made it the next day. This is an easy recipe that can be adapted to whatever spices you like. It is a great versatile appetizer that can be served warm or cold.

First just take some eggplant and slice it in half. Drizzle it with olive oil and put it in a baking pan. I also roasted some yellow peppers, a large shallot and a few cloves of garlic. Keep an eye on the garlic and shallot because they will not need the full roasting time and you don’t want it to burn. I then scooped out the pulp and along with the other veggies put everything in a food processor. I like mine creamy and smooth. But feel free to make a chunky dip and mash the veggies instead. I then added my flavorings which was lemon juice and tahini. Other great additions could be chopped herbs or balsamic vinegar. Serve with crackers, pitas, chips or veggies. Mmmmmm! If I want a quick snack, it is right in the fridge.

Roasted Eggplant and Yellow Pepper Dip

2 small yellow peppers, seeded and cut in quarters
1 large eggplant, cut in half the long way
a large shallot or small onion, peeled
olive oil for drizzling
3 cloves garlic
1 to 2 TBS tahini paste
juice from half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste (I used cayenne)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put peppers, eggplant, and shallot on a metal baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Drizzle some olive oil on the garlic and wrap in foil. Bake in the oven for about 4o minutes or until vegetables are caramelized and soft. Check to make sure shallot and garlic doesn’t burn. They should be done in less that 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Scoop out eggplant and place veggies, tahini and lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smooth and season to taste. Serve warm or cold with pitas, veggies or crackers.

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Randy Furco May 14, 2009 at 11:02 am


Camilla May 14, 2009 at 11:13 am

Yum, Lisa!!!!!

We planted some eggplant, and the blossoms just cmae out; but I cannot wait for them to develop before I try this!

Sorry to be absent so long; life got in the way of my blogging life for awhile. Happy to be following you now…Camilla πŸ™‚

That Girl May 14, 2009 at 11:19 am

I love how smooth it is!

Mary May 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

Lisa, this sounds so good and I love that it is so easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

Pam May 14, 2009 at 11:50 am

Looks really good. I am glad you were able to satisfy your eggplant craving.

Bridgett May 14, 2009 at 12:21 pm

This is perfect snacking or party food. The recipe sounds wonderful.

Priscilla May 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Mmm, sounds quite delicious. Love that pita bread!

Ciao Chow Linda May 14, 2009 at 1:02 pm

This is a nice change from the typical hummus I usually make – and it’s so much healthier than frying eggplant.

Aggie May 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Oh that dip sounds so good! I love eggplant!

Talita May 14, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I love eggplant! This recipe sounds amazing!

Jennifer May 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

so lovely. I have not had eggplant in years and I am excited about trying it this way. Do you think it would be a great dip for carrots?

Juliana May 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I love eggplant and I like the way that you like…smooth. Yum yum! Are the pita breads the “miniatures” one? Great idea for appetizer as well. Your pictures are nice.

Heather May 14, 2009 at 7:10 pm

wow! that sounds amazing! love the yellow pepper!!

Bunny May 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I’m glad you got your eggplant Lisa! It looks terrific!

Veronica May 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

That sounds like a wonderful dip…glad there was no glass breaking this time!

ttfn300 May 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm

love the addition of yellow pepper πŸ™‚

Chef Fresco May 14, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Yum, how creative! That’s awesome you added yellow pepper to it!

Donna-FFW May 15, 2009 at 6:46 am

I absolutely love the sound of this dip. Eggplant roasted is one of my favorites. I like them on paninis and this sounds even better!

kat May 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

Great additions, sounds totally yummy!

Sara May 15, 2009 at 10:06 am

This looks great, I love these kinds of dips. I’m also a big eggplant fan!

Jeena May 15, 2009 at 11:19 am

Yummy it looks delicious! So you got one great recipe and still cooked the yummy dip too! Sounds great Lisa. πŸ™‚

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom May 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

Looks delicious. I had a similar dip at my Gourmet Group the other night (made w/ eggplant and red bell peppers). My kids don’t typically gravitate to eggplant, but I really think they’d like this dip.

Katrina May 15, 2009 at 11:43 am

Looks delish!

Lynda May 15, 2009 at 12:00 pm

This looks so good and creamy!This is an eggplant dip I will love!
Sorry about the mishap with your dish; thankfully you were not hurt!

Stacey Snacks May 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

The eggplant looks great, minus the broken glass!

Henry’s gums burned him the other night with eggplant, and I said “welcome to the club!”.

β™₯Rosieβ™₯ May 15, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Lisa, this really sounds so good – YUM!

Rosie x

Allie May 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Great recipe, I see why you want to make it! Maybe I can talk my hubby into grilling some eggplant while he’s bbq to try this.

The Blonde Duck May 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I love dip! It’s so addictive.

Katherine Aucoin May 15, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I’m glad you went back to your eggplant, you made a wonderful appetizer. Now oyu have me craving it again!

Debbie May 16, 2009 at 7:26 am

Sounds delicious Lisa. I love eggplant!

HoneyB May 16, 2009 at 8:09 am

Yum! I’m glad you got your eggplant!

Karen Harris May 16, 2009 at 9:30 am

This looks delicious and I’m not even an eggplant lover! Yum!

Barbara Bakes May 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Sounds really easy and healthy!

Karen May 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

Glad you got your eggplant after the baking dish mishap! The dip looks delish!

Dawn May 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

now this is different–I do like this, a lot. I get so sick of hummus you know?

Jan May 20, 2009 at 1:20 am

Sorry to read of your baking dish mishap. But all’s well that end’s well, this dip sounds yumptious.

jobs newzealand May 29, 2009 at 1:33 am

Good for you.. I’m allergic with eggplant.. πŸ™

Jenns Three Graces October 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Can't wait to try this… I gave you an award on my blog today…. thanks for all the great recipes…Jennifer from Jersey

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