Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Smoky aubergine and pomegranate dip

There's a rather sensuous quality to making this dish; I defy you not to enjoy smoothing vegetable oil over the deep, purple skin of a plump aubergine!

Served slightly warm or cold it makes a tasty lunchbox filler or crudité dip, and has a slightly smoky flavour from the fierce cooking of the aubergine.

1 large aubergine
½ tsp vegetable oil
½ a small spring onion, very finely chopped
the juice of ½ lemon
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup black olives
the seeds of half a pomegranate

1) Fork the aubergine all over (to prevent it exploding) and rub the vegetable oil all over. Place under a grill on a very high heat and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until the skin is slightly charred in areas, and a knife penetrates the flesh easily. Leave to cool.

2) Chop the aubergine flesh to a consistent mixture, then stir in the olive oil, spring onion, and lemon juice. Destone and finely chop the olives, and add to the mixture. Check for seasoning - you may not need any additional salt depending on how salty your olives are. Finally, stir in most of the pomegranate seeds, leaving a few to decorate the top of the dish.

Serve with something crisp to scoop the silky pulp into greedy waiting mouths.

1 comment:

  1. you may be starting to sound a little like Nigella...


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