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Middle Eastern–Style Eggplant Spread

Middle Eastern–Style Eggplant Spread

Lauren Kouffman
This dip hits all the marks: sweet, sour, smoky, and spicy. Dunk in veggies or chips, or enjoy the spread in lieu of mayonnaise on your sandwich.
Servings 4


  • 2 Asian eggplants
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup labneh or whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Aleppo pepper or another hot dried chili, such as cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Urfa chile optional
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • Heat oven to 375°F. Halve eggplants lengthwise, place cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until eggplant is lightly browned. Remove from oven, and cool to room temperature.
  • While eggplant is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan over low heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add garlic cloves and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Once eggplant is cool enough to handle, scrape flesh into a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the onion-garlic mixture, tahini, lemon juice, and labneh, and pulse 5 to 10 times. Add paprika, Aleppo pepper, Urfa chile, and pomegranate molasses, and pulse until thick and evenly combined. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

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