recipe: roasted eggplant dip

When I think about how I’d like to start developing my recipe section here, my mind immediately goes to two places: 1) having a healthy, working pantry, and 2) entertaining. Today’s recipe (and last week’s) is really about combining the two worlds. What I love most is how easily this dip sneaks in a less-commonly used vegetable: eggplant. The flavors and textures blend wonderfully, and you’re left with a delicious dip that will have you and your guests begging for more.

Eric’s mother introduced me to this recipe, but I found myself needing a bit more tomato flavor than the original recipe. After a few attempts at tweaking, I realized that all I really needed was more tomato paste and a little bit more garlic (and trust me…I did everything from stewing tomatoes to adding them to the roasting pan). I guess I need to work harder to follow my own mantra of clean & simple!

To serve, add some pita bread and/or fresh cut veggies for dipping. I personally love that this (gluten free & vegetarian) dip doesn’t make me feel heavy or guilty. Eric and I have been known to devour an entire batch in two-ish days!

Roasted Eggplant Dip
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium eggplant
  2. 2 red bell peppers, seeded
  3. 1 red onion, peeled
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  6. 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  7. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the eggplant, bell pepper, and onion into 1-inch cubes. Toss them in a large bowl with the garlic, olive oil, and light salt & pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes. The vegetables are done when they are lightly browned and soft (you might need to toss once during cooking). Cool slightly.
  3. Place the vegetables in a food processor, add the tomato paste, and pulse until blended into a spread. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add salt & pepper to taste.
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
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