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Eggplant Parmesan Dip

Eggplant Parmesan Dip

 

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized eggplants
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic, cut into halves with paper left on while roasting
  • 2/3 cup marinara or pasta sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and sliced mozzarella medallions
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated, plus extra for garnish
  • 3-4 basil leaves chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • Assorted crackers, chips, or vegetable dippers

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice the eggplant into 1/4” slices and sprinkle them with salt. Place the slices on a paper towel to drain off any excess liquid. Let sit for 10 minutes while the excess liquid is absorbed by the paper towel.
  3. Place the eggplant slices and garlic head on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the eggplant is tender, turning the tray once while cooking.
  4. Remove the cooked eggplant from the oven and let cool. Once cool to the touch, peel off and discard the skin.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  6. Add all the ingredients into your food processor (or blender if you don’t have a food processor) setting aside some of the basil for garnish. Process until smooth, and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add in half of the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and process again.
  8. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Spread the roasted eggplant mixture in the dish and top with mozzarella medallions and extra parmesan.
  9. Bake until browned, about 25 minutes. Serve warm with crostinis, chips or veggies to dip.

 

Recipe and Photography Courtesy of Instagram’s @TheBiteSizePantry

By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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