June 23, 2018

Healthy Party Dip

Twice in the past month I have found myself looking for dip recipes to bring to housewarming parties. First I turned to cilantro mousse, which has always been a favorite in my book. But the other day, I opted for a healthier dip and remembered an eggplant dip that I once made many years ago.
It has minimal ingredients, most of which are vegetables! But I had trouble both times I made this when it came to peeling the skin off the roasted eggplant. So my solution: pulverize the eggplant and its skin in my food pro, which makes this recipe even easier to make.

It's savory yet sweet from the caramelized onions and you won't feel too guilty indulging on this tasty, healthy dip.
Eggplant and Caramelized Onion Dip adapted from the Minimalist Baker
Ingredients:
1 large eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
2 cups onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
Carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, pita chips/bread for serving
Directions:
1. Sprinkle salt onto both sides of each eggplant round and then place into a colander; let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse eggplant with water and dry thoroughly. Preheat oven to high broil.
2. Place eggplant onto a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in oven for 5-7 minutes and flip half way through. Let eggplant brown and soften. Once removed from oven, let cool
3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and heat 1-2 tbs olive oil. Add onions and cook until caramelized, about 30-50 minutes. Stir occasionally and lower heat if onions brown too quickly. Add the garlic in the last couple minutes. Deglaze the pan by adding balsamic vinegar to the pan and scrape up any bits at the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Place cooled eggplant into food processor. Place Greek yogurt into food processor and pulse until a creamy dip forms.
5. Remove eggplant mix from food processor into a bowl and fold in caramelized onions. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
6. Serve with your favorite crudité, pita or tortilla chips and enjoy!

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