This easy to make eggplant spread is a great example of how to transform the ordinary food into Halloween treat for your party. It is also a great vegetarian dish that is low in caries.
You will need:
1 garlic bulb
sunflower or olive oil (I like to use the fragrant unfiltered sunflower oil purchased at the Russian food store),
lemon juice to taste
salt, pepper to taste
crackers or sliced toasted bread for serving
1 loaf of French bread
1 plastic skeleton toy, thoroughly washed and dried, slightly longer than the bread. Do not use the toys with the small parts which can be easily detached!
Preheat oven to 400'F. Wash and pat dry the eggplant and garlic (do not peel). Wrap garlic in a piece of foil. Place vegetable on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave your vegetables inside until cool.
Peel the eggplant and garlic and place in a bowl. Blend your vegetables if you like a mushy texture or simply chop the eggplant and mush the garlic. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice and sunflower/olive oil to taste.
Now, let's decorate.
I sliced my bread horizontally, scoop the soft insides and placed my skeleton into a bread. Then I filled the opening with chopped eggplant and garlic mixture and arranged the crostini around it.
Now it's even got a name, The Dead Man' dip! :) Make sure the skeleton is visible so that someone would not bite into it.
Have a fun party!