Smoky Rose Harissa Eggplant Dip
Photo by Minimalist Baker UK
Using Alexandra’s Rose Harissa Paste
Ingredients: Dip1 medium / large eggplant1-2 Tbsp olive oil (plus more for roasting eggplant + garlic)1/2 cup raw walnuts1 lemon, juicedSalt and black pepper2-3 tsp Alexandra's Rose Harissa paste1-2 tsp smoked paprika1 Tbsp maple syrup To servePita bread or toasted pita chipsFresh mintChopped walnutsVegetable sticks (carrots, cucumbers etc) Method:
Preheat te oven to 190ºC
Slice the eggplant into small rounds and sprinkle both sides with sea salt. Place in a colander in the sink to drain any excess liquid for 30 minutes
In the meantime, place the garlic on a baking tray and drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and add the walnuts to the baking tray. Bake both for 7-8 minutes more, or until the walnuts are fragrant and the garlic is light golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside.
After draining the eggplant, lightly rinse with cool water. Place between two paper towels and set something heavy on top (such as a baking tray topped with a cast iron skillet to help draw out any excess liquid
Heat the oven on grill and position the rack at the top
Arrange the eggplant on a baking tray and drizzle with oil and a pinch of sea salt. Roast for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the eggplant is deep golden brown.
Remove from the pan, stack and wrap loosely in foil to lock in moisture - wait for 5 minutes
Reel away most of the skin from the eggplant and add the flesh to a blender or food processor
Peel the roasted garlic and add to the food processor. Add toasted walnuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper, Rose Harissa paste, smoked paprika, 1 Tbsp olive oil and maple syrup. Pulse until creamy and smooth
Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary - salt/harissa. Add the remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and mix again to combine
Garnish with fresh mint, walnuts and pinch more paprika
This dip is best served with toasted pita chips, whole grain bread, vegetables, on an antipasto board, or stirred through couscous.
Serves 4 (1/4 cup servings)
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker: https://minimalistbaker.com/smoky-harissa-eggplant-dip/