Zucchini Yogurt Dip
Cool, minty, garlicy, and delicious. Zucchini replaces eggplant, and yogurt replaces kashk in a dip similar to Kashke Bademjan.
- 2 medium zucchinis
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil separated
- Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning or any seasoned salt
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- 2 large cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 - 2/3 cup plain yogurt to desired taste and consistency
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 - 1 tsp. dried mint to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
Directions for Grilling Zucchini
Slice zucchini lengthwise. Lay slices on working surface and brush both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle each side with Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning (or seasoned salt and pepper).
Heat a fry pan (or grill) over medium high heat. To the hot pan, add zucchini, in a single layer, and leave undisturbed for 5-8 minutes, or until they get a deep brown color. With tongs, turn over and heat the flip sides of the zucchini, until that side develops a deep brown color. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature.
Directions for Caramelizing Onion and Garlic
In a medium fry pan, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil over medium high heat. Add to the hot oil, the thinly sliced onion. Stirring frequently, saute the onion until they reach a deep golden brown (almost crispy). Heat will probably need to be turned down a little, so the onion does not burn. Keep your eye on them. This will take 15 - 20 minutes, so stay patient. A couple minutes before the onions are done, add the minced garlic and stir often, preventing the garlic from burning. When garlic has just begun to turn golden, remove onion and garlic from the pan and allow to cool to room temperature. Separate into two portions: 2/3 and 1/3
Directions for Dip
In a food processor or blender, combine grilled zucchini, yogurt, lemon juice, dried mint, and 2/3 of the caramelized onion and garlic. Blend briefly. Do not over-process, you want chunks and texture in the dip. Add more salt and pepper, to taste.
Spoon dip into a serving bowl and top with the remaining 1/3 caramelized onion and garlic. Serve with chips, crackers, pita or vegetables. Or use as a spread on bread.