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Smoky Aubergine & Pepper Dip

gluten free
wheat free
2 spoon difficulty rating

95 minutes

Nearly all the time given is for roasting the aubergines.

Serves: 4

Smoky Aubergine & Pepper Dip

Lovely, lovely – smooth, aromatic and with a divine roast and smoky flavour… While the vegetables are baking you can just set the alarm and be doing other things – or put your feet up! Blending the cooked ingredients is a piece of cake.

Photograph courtesy of www.flavourphotos.com

Ingredients: 

  • 2 aubergines
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika - add more if liked but start small and taste!
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method: 

1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/Gas Mark 6.

2. Rub the aubergines and pepper with a little olive oil and place them in an ovenproof dish.

3. Roast the aubergines for 1½ hours, turning them occasionally, until the skins have turned black. Roast the pepper for an hour - add it half an hour after you start the aubergines.

4. Place the pepper in a sealed bag or a covered bowl - the released steam loosens the skin and makes it easier to peel.

5. Once the aubergines and pepper have cooled down enough to handle, remove the skins and discard the seeds. Combine with the crushed garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and smoked paprika and whiz in a blender until smooth.

7. Season with salt and black pepper and add a little extra lemon juice and/or smoked paprika taste. Serve chilled or at room temperature with crackers, breadsticks or crusty bread.

Tip: To add a bit more texture, reserve a quarter of the pepper and aubergines and cut both into small cubes. Stir them into the creamy dip.

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