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WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN! I COOK REAL FOOD FOR REAL PEOPLE LIKE YOUR MOM OR YOUR GRANDMA DID BECAUSE THAT IS HOW I LEARNED FROM MY PASTRY CHEF MOM AND FANTASTIC, OLD WORLD GRANDMOTHERS!IF YOU ARE HERE  FOR THE FIRST TIME, I INVITE YOU TO HAVE A LOOK AROUND AND EXPLORE SOME OF MY QUICK, EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND DELICIOUS RECIPES!  COME SPEND SOME TIME WITH ME AND MY FAMILY LEARNING HOW TO COOK, PURE, WHOLESOME FOOD! I HOPE YOU TRY THESE RECIPES AND I HOPE YOU LOVE THEM!  HAPPY EATING!

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Ingredients

3 eggplants, washed

4 cloves garlic

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup Tahini sesame seed paste

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin, optional

1 teaspoon ground paprika, optional

Juice of 1 1/2 lemons

additional olive oil for serving

Chopped roasted red pepper for garnish

Pita triangles for serving

 

Step by Step Instructions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

Pierce eggplants with fork all over.  This will allow the steam to escape and your eggplant won't explode during cooking.

 

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until eggplant appear wrinkled and they are soft when pierced with a knife.

 

Remove from oven and place the eggplants into a plastic bag or a bowl, covered in plastic wrap.  Allow to cool.  This will help the skin steam in order to remove it easily.

 

Place eggplant into a bowl in which you are going to prepare the dip.

 

Easily remove the skin from the stringy flesh of the eggplant. Discard the skin.  Keeping the eggplant flesh in the bowl.

 

Add garlic, olive oil, tahini, and lemon juice, salt and pepper as well as cumin and paprika if desired.

 

Stir well and either place mixture in a blender or food processor or use an immersion blender to blend the mixture until smooth.

 

Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.

 

Spread on a serving platter, mounding around the sides.  Add chopped roasted red peppers to the center and drizzle with a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil.

 

Serve with pita triangles, flatbread, pita chips or fresh vegetables for dipping.

 

This is also an excellent side dish alongside roasted or grilled meat as well as a nice sandwich spread.

 

ENJOY!


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