Smoky Eggplant Dip with Olives & Feta
Inspired by Greek Melitzanosalata, this dip mixes silky, smoky eggplant with salty-savory olives and feta.
- 2 medium-large eggplants
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- juice and zest of 2 lemons
- 2-3 oz crumbled feta
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes and more for garnish
- 1/3 cup halved Kalamata olives about 15 olives
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375. Slice the eggplants in half lengthwise. Use the end of a knife to deeply score the eggplants in a 1/2 inch cube pattern without slicing through the skin. Brush with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake until the eggplants fully collapse into themselves and the edges start to look charred, about 45 minutes.
Remove the eggplant to a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
Scoop the eggplant out of the skins onto a cutting board and finely chop. Discard the skins and return the eggplant to the bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to evenly combine.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight before serving.
When ready to serve, garnish with more red pepper flakes and olives if desired.
- Take care not to completely burn the eggplant, you just want the edges to be nicely browned and slightly caramelized to mimic a smoky grilled flavor.
- I normally don't use this gadget but if you have it, a garlic press is perfect for this recipe, just press the garlic directly over the bowl of eggplant pulp.
- You can roast the eggplant and scoop out the pulp the day before you want to serve it. Store it in the fridge and pick up on step 3 the next day.
- Grilling the eggplant on a charcoal grill makes for an even smokier tasting dip.