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This Bloody Messy Eyeball Dip aka Roasted Red Pepper and Beet Dip with egg “eyeballs” is the bee’s knees, y’all! For the longest time I used to wonder if bee’s even had knees but then good ol’ Google told me that the term “bee’s knees” came about because of the good, sweet nectar that would brush onto bee’s knees when they went from flower to flower. With that said, there’s something so sweetly good about roasted red peppers, roasted beetroot, roasted onions and garlic mingling. Yes, definitely, the bee’s knees in that there bowl!
Now I know that you might not love beets as much as I do, but, I came across an interesting tidbit about beets and jack-o’-lanterns – maybe you’ve already heard it? Apparently, as the story goes, the jack-o’-lantern comes from an old Irish tale about a blacksmith named Stingy Jack. One day, Stingy Jack invited the Devil out to go get sloshed with him. When it was time to settle the bill, he convinced the devil to turn himself into a coin to pay for the drinks. Jack skipped out on paying the bill and put the silver coin (which was really the Devil) into his pocket with a silver cross, that kept the Devil from transforming back. Jack eventually let the devil loose, but made him promise that he wouldn’t seek revenge on Jack for a year, and wouldn’t claim his soul when he died. After some time, Jack ended up tricking the Devil again, convincing him to pick a piece of fruit out of a tree and then carving a cross into the bark when the Devil was in the branches. Jack freed him again, on the condition that the devil leave him alone for 10 years and not claim Jack’s soul.
When Jack finally died, he was deemed not fit for heaven, and the Devil kept his word and rejected Jack’s soul at the gates of hell. So Jack was sent off to roam the Earth with only a piece of burning coal for a light. He put the coal into a carved out turnip and used it as a lantern, and Stingy Jack became “Jack of the Lantern” or “Jack o’ Lantern.” Based on this myth, the Irish and later the British, carved faces into turnips, beets and potatoes to scare away Stingy Jack or any other spirits of the night.
And that’s my intriguing tidbit on beets and jack-o’-lanterns that will hopefully convince y’all not to leave the beets out of this dip! By the way, the “eyeballs” I used in the dip were made with sliced eggs that had a bit of the yolk scooped out and a slice of green serrano pepper and black olive added to give the illusion of an “eyeball”. A knife run through the beet dip first and then run through the yolk and whites of the egg, gave them that slightly “bloodshot” look.
- 2 red bell peppers
- 1/2 red beetroot
- 1 onion sliced
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 tsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 tsps lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 boiled eggs
- 1/4 serrano pepper
- 2 slices olives
- Few Pringles® Original
- Few Cheez-It®
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Wrap 1/2 beet in foil and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
Place bell peppers on a foil lined tray and bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees (can bake simultaneously with beet). Then, take tray out, flip red bell peppers over and bake another 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Remove the red bell peppers from the oven, cover with foil and set aside. Remove the beet and let cool till it can be peeled and handled.
Meanwhile, saute the onion for about 15-20 minutes
When red bell peppers are cool, remove foil. Then peel off the skin, pull out the stem and seeds (should come out very easily) and place the fleshy part of the bell peppers in a blender.
Also to the blender add in the roasted beet as well as the sauteed onion, ginger, tomato paste, cilantro, garam masala, lime juice, salt and pepper.
Scoop from the blender into a bowl.
Meanwhile make the egg "eyeballs" by slicing the eggs into halves. Then scoop out a small bit of the yolk and place a slice of green serrano pepper into the yolk, top with a small piece of black olive and voila - an eyeball!
Take a knife and run it through the roasted red pepper and beet dip and run it through the egg white and yolk to make that "bloodshot" look.
Place egg eyeballs into the dip. While I only used two to give the illusion of a face, please feel free to use as many as you'd like.
Serve with Cheez-It® and Pringles® Original