Spiced Eggplant Caviar with Cruditandeacute;s

Eggplant becomes silky soft in minutes with Samsung's Over-the-Range Microwave sensor cook feature which sets both power and duration automatically. Heating spices and garlic in extra virgin olive oil infuses it with flavor. Topped with crunchy sweet pomegranate seeds, this vegetarian dip is perfect for parties. As you're preparing this easy appetizer, flip on the bright and efficient LED cooktop light of Samsung's microwave to illuminate your cooktop while you make the rest of the meal.
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  • Yield: Makes about 1 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

1 large (1-pound) globe eggplant

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Zest and juice of 1 lemon 

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Crudités, for serving

Directions

  1. 1. Pierce the eggplant all over with a fork. Place on a paper towel-lined plate and microwave on High for 10 minutes, turning once.
  2. 2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, coriander, and cinnamon. Microwave on High for 1 minute.
  3. 3. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh and transfer to the bowl with the oil; discard the eggplant skin and stem. Add the lemon zest and juice, cilantro, and onion. With a fork, mash the mixture until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl, top with the pomegranate seeds and cilantro and serve with crudités.