Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gluten Free Eggplant Dip

We call it "Mama's Dip." This is THE dip in the family and I make it all the time for holidays, parties, and weekend staycations. I add jalapenos to the family recipe to give it some life. It is very easy to make, but you would need a food processor to make it.  It is delicious and our family simply loves it.
3 medium size eggplants
2 tomatoes
1 green pepper
3 jalapenos
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup of parsley
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 - 1 tsp pepper
1/2 lemon, juiced

Bake the eggplants in the oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes, turning the eggplants 3 times to make sure they will bake thoroughly. In the meantime, do the rest of the prep work:
Cut the green pepper in chunks, get the garlic ready, slice the tomatoes in chunks. I recommend cutting the peppers in half and not letting the machine cut everything for you. What happens is that it takes longer for the food processor to cut the peppers and in the meantime, the rest of the vegetables get really mushy. Trust me.

After the eggplants cool down a bit, remove the skin, and cut the eggplants in chunks as well.
Since I have a small food processor (4 cup), I have to do this dip in batches. Mix all the ingredients in the food processor, add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. If you think you want more parsley, you can always add some at the end.

If this is the first time you are handling the jalapenos, I suggest you use some gloves. If you cut the peppers and then touch your face, you will be sorry :) Make sure to wash your hands after handling the jalapenos. If you taste the dip and it is not spicy enough, you can always add some heat at the end. Do not be afraid of adding 3 jalapenos into this dip. You get a lot of dip and even my mom, who doesn't like spicy foods, ate this dip without a problem. It turns out quite mild.
Eat this dip with crackers, bread, or as a salsa on top of chicken or even tacos. The hardest and longest part of this dip is baking the eggplants and removing the skin. It is that simple.



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