Eggplant, Cheese & Olive Crostini

Have you had your olive fix for the day?

There’s no better way to satisfy this craving than with delicious olives from Spain. I was recently sent some jars to sample and I developed a simple recipe which is just one of the ways you could enjoy these flavor filled treats.

With the Superbowl just around the corner, I’ve created a healthy recipe to counteract much of the deep-fried eats that are synonymous with the big game day. This “Eggplant, Cheese & Olive Crostini” is a real crowd pleaser and easy to put together. Have an olive day!

 

Eggplant, Cheese & Olive Crostini

Serves 4

Ingredients

Eggplant dip

Sourdough baguette (any kind of baguette works)

Grated cheese (I used truffled gouda but any cheese will work)

Queen Olives from Spain (haveanoliveday.eu)

 

Eggplant Dip

2 large eggplants

7-8 cloves of garlic chopped

2 medium onions finely chopped

4 ripe plum tomatoes or ½ cup of tomato paste

1 tbsp vinegar

½ tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin powder

¼ tsp red chilli powder

A cup of chopped cilantro

Salt to taste

 

METHOD:

  • Remove the stems from the eggplants and half.
  • Brush the eggplant tops with olive oil.
  • Bake on baking sheet at 350 for about 30 minutes until tender.
  • Scoop out the eggplant pulp, roughly chop it and set aside.
  • Heat 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add chopped garlic.
  • Add chopped onions.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes till onions soften.
  • Add the chopped tomato or tomato paste.
  • Cook covered on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  • Add the eggplant pulp to the tomato mixture and mix it all very well.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes and add the paprika, cumin, chili and salt.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil on top and mix.
  • Remove from heat, add 1 tbsp of vinegar and mix well.
  • Add cilantro and set aside.

 

Putting the Crostini together

  • Slice the baguette and toast.
  • Put a layer of the eggplant dip on the toasted bread.
  • Grate some cheese on top.
  • Slice some olives and garnish on top.
  • Serve immediately.

 

Disclaimer: This product was complimented to me though the opinions expressed here are my own.

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