Saturday, January 27, 2007

SATURDAY AT THE IMPROV


We've all done it.
Kitchen improv.
Today it was an eggplant dip recipe I got some time ago watching The Barefoot Contessa.
I had the eggplant....and that was just about it.
No red peppers...just a yellow and orange pepper. Easy enough substitutution.
No red onion...but a large yellow one. Fair exchange, I'd say.
So here it it: Cyn's version of Ina Gartens Eggplant Dip

1 eggplant, cubed (no need to peel)
1 yellow & 1 orange pepper(cubed)
1 yellow onion(chunks)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Drizzle whole mess with olive oil, (careful, tho, as eggplant and olive oil have a "love" relationship, and cannot seem to get enough of each other...eggplant just soaks up the "love"), and toss to coat(I do this right on the baking sheet...why dirty another dish?)
salt & pepper liberally (I watch my salt, tho, as I deal with high BP issues)
Bake in a 350 oven or so till soft, maybe 1 hour or less, stirring maybe once or twice
Put in food processor, or use immersion blender with: 1 TBL or more of tomato paste & process till chunky
Serve warm or cold with raw veggies or crackers

I am purposely NOT showing an "after" photo, as it is not a particularly lovely dish, but it is quite delicious. So far, Ina has not let me down!

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4 comments:

Shabby in the City said...

Lan' sakes I might could eat a bucket of this...whatcha dippin' with?

Lovella said...

it looks very yummy. I was watching 'the barefoot contessa' yesterday and I just love the way she laughs as she cooks.
Ok so now I need to run to town. I have the peppers and onions and even the garlic but sadly I'm lacking the eggplant, and I think that would be a tad important.

Mimi said...

I agree — when Rachael gets on your nerves and Giada is too perfect, Ina is real - just like we are.

A good Saturday idea, Cyn

Rosa said...

I can almost smell it now. I love her!!