1Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2Brush the cut side of the eggplant halves with olive oil and place them cut side down on a baking sheet. Place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and pour remaining olive oil over top, fold up the foil to enclose, and put on the baking sheet with the eggplant. Roast until eggplant skin remains indented when pressed on and the cut side of the eggplant is browned, about 35 minutes.
3Set eggplant and garlic aside to cool, about 20 minutes.
4Using a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, chop walnuts until they are reduced to the size of peppercorns, about 25 pulses. Add parsley and roasted garlic and pulse until parsley is evenly minced, about 10 pulses.
5Scoop eggplant flesh from skin and add to the food processor along with lemon juice and honey. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Serve with toasts or crackers.
Finding the absolute best ingredients such a big part of Chef Antoine Westermann’s culinary career and the main drive behind all of his expertly crafted dishes. His relationship with farmers and purveyors are critical to his work as a chef. While visiting one of his providers in New York, the French chef describes his efforts to find the best local ingredients for his restaurant.
Nongreasy Fried Eggplant
If you prefer your eggplant fried but want to avoid turning it into a grease bomb, Margo True, food editor at Sunset magazine, has a simple, useful tip.