Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
One of the most fun nights of the football season is always celebrated by gatherings with the ones you love: great company and great food! To help you all celebrate the night the best way possible, we are gonna share with you one of the best dip recipes out there, perfect for tonight's festivities. So without further ado.....
Roasted Eggplant Dip:
Here's how it's done: Rub one large eggplant all over with olive oil and prick it several times with a fork. (If you forget to prick it, the exploded eggplant all over your oven will serve as a reminder for next time.) The actual cooking is a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure. You can either:
- Place the eggplant on a rimmed baking sheet and set it under the broiler
- Wrap it in foil and stick it in the hot coals after a night of grilling, or
- Hold it with tongs directly over the grill flames.
Either way, you want to cook the eggplant until it is totally black on the outside. Not just soft, but burnt. Like, oh man, I ruined this eggplant what am I going to serve as a dip instead? burnt. The eggplant will start to deflate as the insides break down—which is exactly what you're going for.
When the eggplant is cool enough to touch, peel back the skin (this is incredibly satisfying; you'll see) and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Depending on the eggplant, it might be a bit stringy still, but nothing a little mashing with a fork can't fix. Mix in a big ol' spoonful of tahini and another big ol' spoonful of full-fat yogurt. Here comes the pro move: Black tahini. Regular tahini will do, but a swirl of the black stuff, made from black sesame seeds, gives this dip a super deep, dark purple-y hue.
Squeeze in about half a lemon and a glug of olive oil and stir it all together until smooth. Season with salt and mix in some black sesame seeds, one thinly sliced scallion, and a handful of torn mint. Sprinkle a little more of each on top. Casually place it on the table, presented without comment and with lots of warm pita, and wait for your guests to freak.
Happy Super Bowl!