This roasted eggplant dip is easy to make and a fabulous healthy appetizer or snack alongside your favorite veggies, crackers, or other dippables!
Eggplant is awesome. You can do so many things with it. I’m a sucker for dips, and I wanted to try making another one with eggplant. My melitzanosalata is always going to hold a special place in my heart, but there is room for this one as well.
One of the best parts of this dip is that you don’t have to dirty up your food processor. My
dishwasher husband was happy about that one 🙂
Roasting the eggplant at a high temperature ensures it’s lovely and soft and charred and dip-ready. Add some spices and garlic and you’re good to go. I love fresh basil, so I added some in here too. I will say the basil is optional… like if you don’t have any, it isn’t a requirement, but it does add a bit of summery pep.
As with most things in my world, a generous splash of olive oil on top is a necessity. Interpret that as you will.
Roasted Eggplant Dip
This vegan roasted eggplant dip is easy to make and a fabulous appetizer or snack alongside your favorite veggies, crackers, or other dippables!
- 1 large eggplant
- Olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 4 large leaves basil, torn (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 475F. Move the rack to the top third of the oven. Cover a baking sheet with tin foil for easy clean-up.
- Slice eggplant into quarters lengthwise. Cover each piece with a thin layer of olive oil (I just spread it on using my hands) and sprinkle a little salt on each slice. Bake for 35 minutes or until the eggplant is soft and browned.
- Once eggplant is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes.
- Chop the eggplant (skins too!) finely (you'll see it disintegrates into a dip texture) and add to a bowl. Stir in the cumin, smoked paprika, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper, and basil. Chill for an hour before serving. Serve with olive oil on top and pita, naan, crackers, and/or your favorite veggies.