Roasted Eggplant & Red Pepper Dip

The first time I made baba ganoush was almost exactly two years ago. Since then, I don’t think a month has gone by that Shawn hasn’t asked me to make it again. I don’t blame him; the stuff is good! Roast eggplant is the perfect base for a creamy, low fat dip.

I knew that I wanted to use this technique in the collection of 5 New Eggplant Ideas that I created for, but I also wanted to put a new twist on it. I swapped out the tahini and cumin for roasted red peppers and smoked paprika. The resulting dip had a velvety texture and a sweet, smokey flavor. It didn’t resemble baba ganoush at all, but it was just as delicious.

Serve this eggplant and red pepper dip with flatbread crackers or vegetables, or use it as a sandwich spread or over pasta. Leftovers (if you have any!) will keep in the refrigerator for about three days.


  1. This is quite a delicacy. I’m actually craving eggplant just reading about this.

  2. Droolzzzz ….. luv it !

  3. It sounds smoky and perfect for the peppers and eggplants I was given recently. What a winderful choice.

  4. Nice! I love roasted red peppers! I just made a delectable pepper hummus. never thought of using it on an eggplant… but i have a massive jar of tahini to use up! gah!

  5. I love eggplant in any form…what a lovely recipe. I can see why it’s frequently requested!

  6. I’m also a baba ghanoush fiend…but I’m also a sucker for roasted red peppers. This combination sounds fabulous!

  7. YUM! I just had some great baba ghanoush at a restaurant last weekend and now I’m dying to cook with eggplant!

  8. They call this ajvar in Yugoslavia and lutenitsa in Bulgaria

    • Thanks for the info! I had no idea that it was an actual “thing.”

    • The Romanian name for this kind of dish is Zacusca, and like the ajvar and lutenitsa is a winter preserve. For me, it’s the greatest pantry staple. [Romanian recipe does include onion too, and optionally some people include tomatoes or even carrots or beans!!!]

  9. This looks delicious. What a great combination!

  10. This looks like an amazing alternative to baba ganoush. I have garden eggplants coming out my ears, so I hope to try it.


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