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Vegan Baked Eggplant Dip

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Vegan Baked Eggplant Dip

When you’ve got two eggplants in dire need of being used, you’ve got to get creative. Part one of our solution was the best version of eggplant parmesan ever made and part two was this dynamite eggplant dip.

I used the last of the summer basil from our garden and some of fall’s arugula to make this dip all about freshness and spice.

Silky and smooth with a subtle, lingering heat, this dip is a kick to the mouth. Slow-roasted eggplant gives it a smoky flavor that makes the tofu impossible to detect. But the tofu is in there, adding tons of protein and extra creaminess.

Yet again, tofu shows up to the party with versatility and pizzazz. Not only can it be transformed into scrambled eggs and mozzarella cheese, it can also sneak its way into a tasty, party-friendly dip. What can’t this stuff do?!

Vegan Baked Eggplant Dip

Vegan Baked Eggplant Dip

Football season is already upon us, the holiday season is right around the corner, and yes – it’s ok to bring a dip that doesn’t involve spinach, cheese, salsa, or artichoke. Dip with celery, carrots, crackers, french fries, broccoli, or whatever else your heart desires.

Pro Tip: Don’t tell people that this dip includes tofu ahead of time; just let them in on the secret when they ask you for the recipe.

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Vegan Baked Eggplant Dip

A creamy, smoky dip made with eggplant and tofu. Comes together in the blender and bakes for a few minutes to heat it up.

  • Author: Jordan Cord
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups roasted eggplant
  • 5 cloves roasted garlic
  • 114 oz. package of silken tofu
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup fresh arugula
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

Garlic

  1. Preheat the oven to 415º.
  2. Remove the flaky outer layers of skin from a small bulb of garlic – one with about 5-6 small cloves. Chop about 1/2″ off the top of the bulb. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil down into the cloves.
  3. Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil and place in the oven to bake for 30-45 minutes.
  4. When it is soft, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Eggplant

  1. Remove the ends of the eggplant and chop it into 1/2″ slices. Lay the slices flat and sprinkle with salt – allow them to rest for at least 15 minutes. This will allow the eggplant to sweat, release its flavor, and become tender.
  2. While the garlic is baking, the eggplant can too! Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the slices. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway, If the slices look dry, drizzle with more oil.

The Dip

  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, add roasted eggplant, basil, arugula, tofu, and spices. Use a spoon to scoop roasted garlic into the mix.
  2. Blend until well-combined and smooth.
  3. Pour the dip into an oven proof bowl and bake for 20 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped basil.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Protein: 2g

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4 Comments
  • Terry
    October 27, 2014

    It will be interesting to do this with Tofu. I’ve never tried this way. Fortunately, I’ve got almost everything in this recipe. Would like to try it:) Will get back to review this later if it tastes no bad, lol.

    • thefitchen
      October 30, 2014

      Give it a try! We loved it. :) The tofu makes it so creamy!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    October 20, 2014

    I try to eat and cook vegan for myself as much as possible so this eggplant dip is perfect for me. I have never used silken tofu in a dip before and definitely am curious to know what this tastes like.. think I need to make the recipe!