Sunday, October 19, 2008

Roasted Eggplant Dip with Pita Chips

Eggplant
(Photo courtesy of World Community Cookbooks)

I originally made this recipe for Roasted Eggplant Dip for a party I threw over two years ago celebrating my, then, upcoming move to New York and the beginning of my doctoral studies at Columbia University. My, how times have changed. Between then and now, I've moved three times and have left Columbia for the "Real World." Amazing.


When I was invited to a party for a former fellow Columbia graduate student, to celebrate her recent successful defense of her dissertation, I thought the dip and accompanying pita chips would be the perfect contribution to the party fare. However, I contended with a throbbing headache for most of last week, culminating in a full-blown migraine on Friday, that led me to the decision to stay close to home the night of Elizabeth's party. Luckily, the dip was consumed at a last-minute local get-together to watch the Red Sox play the Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS.

I served the dip with homemade pita chips, but you could also serve it on toasted baguette slices or on crackers. The original recipe can be found in How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman.

Roasted Eggplant Dip
Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 eggplant, between 1 and 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 scallion (green part only), finely sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Slice the eggplant in half lengthwise and place skin-side-up, on a baking sheet. Pierce the eggplant in several places with a thin-bladed knife. Roast for 15-30 minutes, until the skin begins to blacken. Remove and cool.
  3. When the eggplant is cool enough to handle, mince the eggplant finely.
  4. Mix in the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, scallion, paprika, salt, and pepper. Taste the dip and adjust the seasonings. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
(adapted from How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food)


Homemade Pita Chips
Printable Recipe


INGREDIENTS

  • Pita bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dried Oregano

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice the pita bread into wedges. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  3. Spread out in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with your favorite dip or as a stand-alone snack.

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2 comments:

Zesty Cook said...

Michelle - these look and sound great. Great for a snack with a crowd or a twist on a treat in front of the TV.

Thanks for sharing
zesty

Michelle said...

Zesty - Thanks! Pita chips are my go-to snack these days. And the dip is just fabulous. I've used some of the leftover dip as a pizza topping, too. Endless possibilities!