Roasting the eggplant in a small amount of water adds moisture, cutting down on the amount of oil necessary for a smooth and creamy dip. Serve with toasted pita wedges.
1 whole garlic head
1 (1-pound) eggplant, cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves); wrap in foil. Bake at 450° for 45 minutes, and cool 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.
While garlic roasts, place eggplant, cut sides down, in a baking pan. Add water to a depth of 1/4 inch. Bake at 450° for 30 minutes or until tender, and cool 10 minutes.
Scrape pulp from eggplant skins; discard skins. Place eggplant, garlic pulp, sesame seeds, and remaining ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl.
Wonderfully creamy, with nice bright lemon flavor and a great blend of the chickpea and eggplant. The bite from the garlic is quite strong (which I love!) but I'd recommend using only half a head of garlic if you don't want so much. I would also use twice as much mint.