Eggplant (Aubergine) & Bell Pepper Dip
Another selection from the Greatest Ever Tapas.
- 2 large eggplants
- 2 red bell peppers
- 4 tablespoons Spanish olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, coarsely choppe
- 1/2 juice and lemon, rind of, grated
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2-1 teaspoon paprika
Prick the skins of the eggplants & peppers all over with a fork & brush with 1 tbsp of the olive oil; place on a baking sheet & baked in a preheated 375F oven for 45 minutes, or until the skins are beginning to turn black, the flesh of the eggplant is very soft & the peppers are deflated.
Place the vegetables into a bowl & cover tightly with a clean, damp dish towel or place in a plastic bag; let stand for about 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
Cut the eggplants in half, lengthwise, scoop out the flesh & discard the skin; cut into large chunks.
Remove & discard the stem, seeds & core from the peppers; cut the flesh into large pieces.
Heat the remaining oil in a skillet; add the vegetables & cook for 5 minutes, add garlic & cook for an additional 30 seconds.
Turn the skillet contents onto paper towels to drain & transfer into a food processor; add the remaining ingredients, plus salt & pepper to taste, and process until a speckled puree is formed.
Transfer to serving bowl; serve warm, at room temperature or cool for 30 minutes, chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour & serve cold – with thick slices of baguette or toast.