Smoky Eggplant-Ancho Spread

Smoky Eggplant-Ancho Spread Recipe
Tina Rupp
This spread gets a triple hit of smoky flavor from grilled eggplant, ancho chiles and smoked Spanish paprika. It's delicious served with Alyssa Gorelick's Tofu-and-Vegetable Tacos.


makes 1 1/2 cups
Total time: 45 Minutes

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Food & Wine

Recipe Time

Active: 15 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


1 eggplant
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for rubbing
2 ancho chiles
Boiling water
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
Freshly ground pepper


Light a grill. Rub the eggplant with olive oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the skin is charred and the eggplant is very tender, 20 minutes. Let the eggplant cool slightly, then scoop the flesh into a colander and let stand for 10 minutes to drain.

Meanwhile, soak the chiles in boiling water until pliable, about 15 minutes. Drain them and discard the stems and seeds, then transfer the chiles to a blender. Add the eggplant, paprika, cumin, sugar and 1/4 cup of oil and puree. Season with salt and pepper.


One tablespoon: 28 cal, 3 gm fat, 0.4 gm sat fat, 2 gm carb, 1 gm fiber, 0 gm protein.

Alyssa Gorelick,

Food & Wine

June 2012
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