Smoky Eggplant Hummus
Smoked eggplant is blended with creamy white beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and sea salt in this simple smoky eggplant hummus. The eggplant is grilled until charred and wilted, then scooped out and added to a food processor along with the remaining hummus ingredients. Everything gets blended until ultra smooth and creamy. Pair this hummus with veggie sticks, warm pita bread, or toasted baguette slices!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
- 1 large eggplant (approximately 22 ounces or 650 grams)
- 1 can cannellini beans (white beans), drained and rinsed
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
Heat a grill pan or grill over high. Use a fork to prick the eggplant 15-20 times. Place the eggplant on the grill and char on all sides, turning every few minutes, until blackened and very tender. This process takes about 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the eggplant to a bowl and cool for 15 minutes.
Once the eggplant is cool, transfer to a cutting board and reserve the smoky liquid that collected in the bowl. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, and use a spoon scoop out the inner flesh, leaving only the stem and charred skin behind. Transfer the flesh to the bowl of a food processor along with the reserved liquid, cannellini beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, smoked paprika, and sea salt. Pulse a few times and then process for 3 to 4 minutes or until as smooth as desired, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
Transfer to a bowl and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil (optional), black pepper, and smoked paprika. Serve with sliced veggies, seeded bread, pita chips, crackers, etc.