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Roasted Eggplant Crostini

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

A “flavor sponge,” eggplant melds perfectly with any ingredients you pair with it. This recipe is truly Provençal-a few olives, a sprinkling of herbs, and you have a tasty hors d’oeuvre. Serve it with your favorite brand of hummus, some pita bread, and a bowl of olives for a Mediteranean-inspired cocktail hour.

Makes1 cup tapenade of 18 to 20 hors d'oeuvres 

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 2 hours

OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe Courseantipasto/mezze, appetizer

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturecreamy, herby, salty, savory

Type of Dishdip/spread

Ingredients

  • 1 small eggplant, halved lengthwise
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • 10 black olives, pitted
  • 1 small baguette, sliced in ¼-inch rounds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Slash the cut surfaces of the eggplant in a crosshatch pattern and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season the eggplant with salt, pepper, and the herbes de Provence and place on a baking sheet, cut sides up.

  3. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the flesh is very soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

  4. Scoop out the eggplant flesh and place it in a blender or food processor with the olives. Process until the mixture is well blended and smooth.

  5. Preheat the broiler.

  6. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet, brush them with the remaining ¼ cup of olive oil, lightly season with salt and pepper, and broil until golden brown. Spread] teaspoon of the eggplant mixture on each crouton. Arrange the crostini on a platter and serve.

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