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Crockpot Eggplant Dip with Lemon and Garlic

This delicious baba ghanoush recipe features eggplant, garlic, lemon, tahini, and parsley. If you enjoy the flavor of eggplant you will like this recipe. Although you can cook eggplant on the stove or in the oven, using a crockpot means you will be using less power to cook it. Also, if you are making this dip for a party, you will probably already be using the stove and oven for other dishes, so being able to make this in the crockpot frees up your stove and oven for other uses.

This eggplant dip, which is known as baba ghanoush in Arabic, can also be made with eggplant which is grilled or baked over an open flame, since this gives the eggplant a smokier flavor, but not everyone has time for this, and it is true that using the crockpot means you can dump the eggplant in there and let it cook while you forget about it.

This dish is usually served as a salad or side dish in Egypt, or an appetizer in Lebanon. Some people like to add chili powder and cumin for a spicier result, or you could use mint instead of parsley. There is a version made with mayonnaise in Israel and a tomato and onion version in Pakistan and India. This recipe is popular in areas with a lot of Middle Eastern people, such as Southeast Brazil, and as a result eggplant is popular all over Brazil, although it was first introduced by either West African slaves or the Spanish, depending on which tale you believe. Continue reading

Curried Eggplant Salads and Appetizers

This is such a simple idea for a crockpot appetizer recipe but sometimes the simple ideas are the best ones. In the following recipe, eggplant, onion, and tomatoes are cooked with curry powder, cumin, garlic and more to make a curried vegetable dish which is nice served with salad leaves. This is an aromatic and flavorful dish and you could even serve the eggplant mixture in tartlet shells or in vol-au-vent cases rather than with the salad leaves, if you wish. You can serve this warm or chilled; both ways are good.

Eggplant, which is known as aubergine in British English, is a tasty vegetable which a lot of people think they do not like because of its bitter flavor. If you salt the slices and then let them sit in a colander for half an hour, before rinsing them off, you will find the bitterness disappears with the salt. This is such a simple tip but so handy and unfortunately it is one that not many people seem to be aware of.

You can serve this tasty curried eggplant salad appetizer with sour cream, yogurt, or anything else you like. The sour cream or yogurt is always nice with the curry taste. To make this easy appetizer recipe, you simply need to add everything to the slow cooker and let it cook. The cooking time is up to you but it will be fine in there for up to seven hours if you want to start it plenty in advance. Just switch the crockpot off when it is done and do not lift the lid. That way the curried eggplant mixture inside will stay warm until you are ready to serve it. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Delicious Italian Eggplant, Peppers, and Mozzarella Antipasti

Antipasti make an excellent choice for appetizers or even a full meal on a hot summer day. Antipasti recipes are usually served cold or room temperature, so there is not a lot of cooking that needs to be done. This is one recipe that will bring home the flavor of old Italy. The delicious roasted vegetables are joined by thick slices of creamy fresh mozzarella. Extra virgin olive oil is combined with chopped oregano and drizzled over the top, adding flavor and nutrition. This light dish looks great and tastes even better.

If you are looking for a simple dish that will impress everyone, this is it. Serve it at a party, a potluck or as a first course before a delicious Italian pasta dish. It sets the stage perfectly. Imagine tender roasted eggplant and bright red peppers arranged attractively on a large platter. Everyone can help themselves to plenty of vegetables and creamy cheese. Alternatively, you could make a small plate for each person, arranging the ingredients in an attractive pattern.

In Italy, antipasti are served as an appetizer to tempt the palate before the main dish arrives. The word literally means “before the meal.” Antipasti recipes may include cold meats like salami or prosciutto. Olives are frequently included. Vegetables may be raw, marinated or roasted and cooled. It may be called an antipasti salad when greens are included. Try your hand at making antipasti with this simple, yet delicious, recipe. Once you have tried it, you will be hooked on Italian cuisine. Continue reading

Eggplant Easy Party Appetizers

If you want to make easy party appetizers, which do not take long, what about these eggplant easy, party appetizers? You can make them in advance, if you want to prepare make ahead appetizers, then fry them until the cheese starts to melt and ooze out. Keep them in the refrigerator until you are almost ready to serve them, and then warm them up quickly. These eggplant slices are stuffed with mozzarella, basil, and prosciutto. You could serve them with a tomato salsa or a tomato sauce because the tomato flavor would go really well with them. Alternatively, just serve them as they are, leaving the toothpicks in so people can pick them up easily.

Try to make the eggplant slices quite thin so you can roll them around the filling. You can also make these easy party appetizers on the grill or in the oven, depending on what you have available and the weather. Serve this tasty appetizer hot or warm for the best results. They would also be good chilled if you are looking for summer appetizer recipes. If you want to serve them chilled, fry them with the cheese inside, and let it melt, then chill them and the cheese will set in the shape it melted into.

If you want to, you can use zucchini instead of eggplant for these easy party appetizers. Slice them thinly lengthwise and follow the recipe the same way. Alternatively, you could make some with zucchini and some with eggplant and arrange the two varieties nicely on a serving platter. To simplify these easy party appetizers further, just use the cheese instead of the basil and prosciutto. Eggplant-wrapped cheese sounds simple but is very tasty and makes a nice, light appetizer. Continue reading