Roasted Eggplant Dip – a delicious dip filled with smoky eggplant flavor, perfect for your next party, game day or get together. It is also wonderful as a sandwich filling.
I love dips, especially healthy dips filled with wholesome ingredients. The sort that can serve double or even triple duty as side dishes, sandwich fillings or as meals on their own along with fresh veggies and toasted flatbread.
I’ve recently shared two of my family’s favorite healthy dips including my Corn and Green Chile Dip and White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip. Today I have a new favorite to share, this delicious Roasted Eggplant Dip.
Roasting the Eggplants
I love eggplants, they are a great source of fiber and potassium, are so versatile and can be used in all types of dishes. This past weekend, I was in possession of two medium sized Sicilian eggplants, from my neighbors’ garden and decided to make a healthy dip. For this dip, I wanted the eggplant flavor to shine, especially the smoky eggplant flavor, so I decided to first char the skins.
My husband volunteered for the task of charring the skins. He did this over the open flame of one of the gas burners on our stove. It only took a few minutes to char each eggplant. My husband used his hands (tongs would also work) to grasp the eggplants by their stems in order to turn them in the flame to get a nice even char.
Once the eggplants had a nice char, I finished roasting them in the oven. I let the eggplants cool a bit, then chunked them up and transferred it all to a food processor. One of my twin 3-year old girls loves using the food processor. So, she was at the ready and expertly pulsed the chopped eggplant to a nice chunky consistency. I then added garlic, lemon juice, salt, fresh parsley and olive oil. She gave the mixture a few more pulses and our Roasted Eggplant Dip was ready.
Spending Time in the Kitchen with Family
This Roasted Eggplant Dip is so smoky and delicious and was a lot of fun to make with the help of my husband and daughter. I always enjoy creating in the kitchen with my family and it was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Serve with Veggies and Pita Chips
We enjoyed this delicious Roasted Eggplant Dip, along with some toasted pita bread triangles and some cucumber and carrot sticks, as an appetizer to our Sunday dinner. This smoky dip would also be a great addition to a party, game day or fall get together.
This Roasted Eggplant Dip also makes a wonderful sandwich filling. I stuffed some of the leftover dip into a pita pocket along with some homemade hummus and fresh cucumber and tomato slices — perfect for a delicious, healthy, vegetarian lunch.