Smoky Roasted Eggplant Hummus
This wonderful hummus recipe will be the talk of your party. Blending the smoky flavor of broiled eggplant with other ingredients like cumin, tahini, and lemon gives this hummus a unique and delicious flavor, which is unlike any other hummus recipe. If you want to make something a little bit unusual, try this one.
You can serve this hummus recipe with crackers or bread. Hummus keeps for a couple of days in the refrigerator so you could make this one, or other hummus recipes, in advance if you have a lot of other recipes to make too. Eggplant can be used in a number of easy party appetizers but this one is very special. You will only need a small eggplant for the following hummus recipe.
This recipe is veering away from traditional hummus recipes a bit but since hummus is a chickpea-based dip, it is still hummus. If you like eggplant, you will love the richness it contributes to the overall flavor of this party dip recipe. Serve it either chilled or at room temperature. Some people prefer chilled hummus but you will find the flavors intensify a bit if you allow it to warm up to room temperature before you serve it.
- 1 eggplant
- 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon cumin
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Sprig of parsley
- Crush the garlic and finely chop the parsley.
- Cut the stem off the eggplant and cut it into ⅓ inch thick rounds until you have 1 cup.
- Rub olive oil on the eggplant rounds and lightly salt them.
- Broil for 3 minutes per side, watching them closely so they do not burn. Blend the chickpeas in a food processor or blender, then pulse the olive oil, eggplant, lemon juice, tahini, parsley, garlic, cumin, and salt.
- Mix until you have a slightly lumpy consistency, then pour this mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with any remaining parsley.
- Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
This hummus recipe might be a bit different from traditional chickpea hummus, because of the addition of eggplant and other ingredients, but it looks the same and it tastes just as excellent as other hummus recipes. You can serve hummus in decorative pots or as individual portions, depending whether you are serving separate appetizers or making something for the buffet table. Everyone loves the taste of hummus and this recipe is like the authentic hummus recipe, only better. The eggplant gives it a special juiciness and richness of flavor.
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