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Mediterranean Eggplant Chips

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These eggplant chips are flavored with an array of Mediterranean spices, made crispy in the dehydrator and perfect for snacking when paired with your favorite healthy dip.

At the end of last month I spent a couple of days in NYC visiting the Sabra factory that produces their Greek yogurt dips.

Did you even know Sabra made Greek yogurt dips? I’m not gonna lie, until last year, I didn’t even though they launched in 2010.

It’s probably just the craptastic grocery stores near me but I never saw anything besides hummus from Sabra. Now, I totally love hummus but Greek yogurt dip? That stuff has my Greek by marriage heart.

Mediterranean eggplant chips

Our trip began with a night in a rented out professional kitchen where we snacked on Greek yogurt dip, veggies, chips and the most amazing fresh berries I’ve ever tasted. They have nothing to do with anything in this post I just feel the need to share that because I’ve literally never tasted a blackberry that good before in my entire life.

All the bloggers on the trip were in charge of one component of the meal. Brandy chose booze and I chose meat.

If you’ve watched any Kick Sass Kitchen videos, none of that should surprise you. I actually made my balsamic dijon crusted beef tenderloin for everyone and nervously drank 2 bourbon concoctions while it cooked afraid that sans meat thermometer I was going to overcook a $200+ piece of meat.

I didn’t, it turned out fine, maybe just a little tipsy by dinnertime.

Sabra Greek yogurt dip trip

The next day we met with Sabra’s marketing team in the city before heading out to Long Island to see the factory and production.

The team showed us some new campaign ideas and thoughts about how to really get consumers to understand the key differences between Sabra’s Greek yogurt dips and other competitive brands like the fact that Sabra has more protein, fresh vegetables make up 20% of the product (and they’re 100% farm fresh) and there are absolutely no artificial flavors.

Eggplant chips

When we walked into the factory and one of the first things I saw were HUGE containers of freshly diced cucumbers and an employee seeding bell peppers by hand, everything the marketing team had told us earlier came to life.

Not only are the vegetables that go into the Greek yogurt dips as fresh as possible, the Greek yogurt itself is also made on site. I don’t know why I assumed it wasn’t, but I was a bit surprised to learn that.

One of the two factory buildings is completely devoted to making the Greek yogurt itself before the vegetables get mixed in and packaged for distribution.

We ended the tour with a sampling and we all attacked the dips, veggies and chip spread like we hadn’t eaten breakfast just 3 hours earlier.

Mediterranean spiced eggplant chips

All the dip tasting got me thinking which I preferred more, the chip + yogurt dip or the veggie + yogurt dip combo and honestly, it was a toss up. I’d go back and forth multiple times and never really decide on a clear cut winner. Which is why I decided veggie chips would be the ultimate dipping accessory. All the veggie benefits with the crispness and crunch of a chip…perfect. Since I still happened to have Brandy’s dehydrator at my house after making the buffalo sauce beef jerky, I gave it another go.

This time with eggplant.

I’ve more than once admitted I’m not an eggplant lover. Not a hater, just not a lover. Unless it’s fried to a crisp or in the form of ‘pasta’ as eggplant noodles, it’s pretty hard to get me to enjoy the mushy purple veg which is exactly why I chose to dehydrate it into chip form.

Because I’m stubborn and refuse to give up on foods I don’t like and I had this sneaking suspicion when the mushy factor was all dried up, it’d make an excellent chip.

And it totally did.

Seasoned heavily with some Mediterranean-esque spices, these eggplant chips make the perfect dippers for the Mediterranean herb dip or, any of the dips for that matter. I might be having a love affair with the diced onion lately.

More vegetable chip recipes to try:
Jicama Chips with Citrus Herb Seasoning
Tomato Chips
Pizza Kale Chips
Rosemary Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips

Mediterranean Eggplant Chips

Mediterranean Eggplant Chips

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes

These eggplant chips are flavored with an array of Mediterranean spices, made crispy in the dehydrator and perfect for snacking when paired with your favorite healthy dip.

Ingredients

  • 6 baby eggplants, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • generous amount of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place eggplant slices in a large bowl.
  2. Add olive oil and spices to the bowl and gently toss with tongs until each piece of eggplant is coated in the spices.
  3. Place the eggplants slices on the trays of a dehydrator and dehydrate on the fruits/vegetable setting (about 135 degrees) for 4-5 hours until fully dried and crisp. You'll want to check the trays around 3-4 hours as some thinner slices may be done sooner.
  4. Let eggplant cool completely before storing in a container.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 22gSugar: 27gProtein: 7g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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 *This post is sponsored by Sabra as part of my work with them as a Sabra Tastemaker. All content and opinions are my own.

 

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Jennifer

Monday 14th of October 2019

I tried this but the eggplant never got crispy - it just shrank and got chewy. Same when I tried to make cauliflower popcorn. What am I doing wrong?

Carol Smith

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

Probably could use your oven down low. Mine goes down to 250 or 225. Got to try Zatar which is my favorite spice now. Just harvested maybe 10 lbs of eggplant. Will use this recipe. Thanks,

Connie J. Huerta

Thursday 22nd of August 2019

I made these chips using eggplant sticks, they were a bit small which made them dry quickly and they were gone just as quickly! They were soooo good, no dip needed.

Jennifer A Stewart

Monday 7th of December 2015

I love to eat eggplant fries and these are next on my list. I cant wait to see if I can get them super crispy like yours! Pinned!

Kirsten

Saturday 25th of July 2015

Gina, Thanks for this recipe! I've added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me who love to eat from the farm share. I appreciate your help in making this index better!

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