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Grilled Eggplant Dip

July/August 2014

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This grilled eggplant dip recipe is a lighter take on baba ganoush, with the smoky eggplant brightened by herbs and lemon juice rather than tahini. Serve with crostini or use as a sandwich spread that’ll put plain mayo to shame.


Grilled Eggplant Dip Recipe

Makes: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants (about 1 pound each)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Pierce eggplants all over with a knife. Place on the grill rack and roast, turning about every 5 minutes, until charred on all sides and completely soft and tender, 20 to 25 minutes total. (Alternatively, char the eggplants directly over a gas flame, turning every 5 minutes, then roast in a 425°F oven until completely soft, 10 to 20 minutes.) Let cool.
  3. Cut the eggplants in half and scoop out the flesh; finely chop with a knife or pulse in a food processor until almost smooth. Transfer the eggplant to a bowl and combine with lemon juice, mint, shallot, thyme, oregano, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and swirl the top with the back of a spoon. Drizzle with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and sprinkle with more mint, thyme and/or oregano.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition

Per serving: 52 calories; 2 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g total sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 351 mg sodium; 134 mg potassium.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat



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Easy
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Grill/BBQ
Meal/Course
Snack
Appetizers
Type of Dish
Appetizer
Snack
Ethnic/Regional
American
Middle Eastern
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July/August 2014

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