I had a couple of extra eggplants so I decided to make an Italian type seasoned healthy dip. I made this dip with minimal amounts of oil. I used just enough to make the dip taste good. Besides Olive oil this dip is fat free. This dip is healthy and delicious.
Ingredients for about 8 servings
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 very large lemon or 2 regular lemons – (just the fresh squeezed juice)
15 oz can 50% less sodium white beans – drained and rinsed three times. (50% less sodium beans don’t taste as canned as regular beans)
2 garlic cloves – ground to paste
3 Calabrian chili peppers – chopped fine (or substitute a hot red jarred chili that you enjoy to taste but the Calabrian chili is recommended)
1 teaspoon fresh chopped fine rosemary
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
fresh crushed black pepper to taste
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
about 1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil per portion to finish
about 1/2 teaspoon reduced balsamic vinegar per portion to finish
Set oven at 350 degrees F.
Wash the eggplants and slice them in half long ways. Place the eggplants in a baking dish. Score the eggplants on a diagonal in both directions like in the photo below.
Pour the lemon juice over the eggplants and then pour the olive oil over the eggplants. Roast until the tops are very dark brown (but not hard black) and the eggplants are squishy. (about one hour to one hour 15 minutes) like in picture below.
The eggplant then gets scraped out like the same way you do avocados, mangos and dragon fruit.
Blend up the eggplant. Add the rest of ingredients except finishing ingredients and blend. I prefer the dip slightly chunky so I don’t blend completely smooth.
Place in dish. Make well and fill with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Serve with vegetables and or crusty bread.
It’s delicious and healthy!