Eggplants Everywhere: Baba Ganoush

I can’t remember when I first tasted the slightly spicy Middle Eastern dip known as Baba Ganoush, but it was an instant hit.

Served with the traditional pitas, my first experience was delicious, but the real payoff came when I realized what an amazing veggie dip it is.  In a house with hungry teenagers, veggies and dip always disappear.  But if I take away a dip high in saturated fat and substitute one that contains a vegetable, it’s a double win.

My original recipe came from a friend.  I increased the fat (at least it is good fat) and spices.  Sometimes you just can’t help yourself.

Today I realized I had seven(!), fortunately small, eggplants getting soft in the ‘fridge.  1 garden, 2 CSAs.  ‘Nuf said??

Baba Ganoush

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1/4 c tahini
  • 2 T olive oil, plus additional 1 T for brushing eggplant
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 t cumin
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1/4 c cilantro  (or parsley for the “cilantro tastes like soap people”)
  • 1/4 t salt

Directions

1.  Slice eggplant in half, prick with fork, and brush cut sides with olive oil.

Brush Eggplant with Olive Oil

Brush Eggplant with Olive Oil

2.  Roast eggplant at 350 until soft, about 30 minutes.

Roasted Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant

3.  Scrape out the pulp and place in blender or food processor.

4.  Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.

Blending

Blending

5.  Cool.  Serve with pita bread or cut vegetables.

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Tip: if you are not a garlic lover, consider reducing the garlic to 1 clove or roasting the garlic with the eggplant, which will mellow it.

10 thoughts on “Eggplants Everywhere: Baba Ganoush

  1. Rivki Locker

    I love anything and everything eggplant but am married to a wonderful man who won’t go near an eggplant. VERY sad. Maybe I’ll make some of this all for myself.

  2. Barbara

    I am mad for eggplant! I’ve made a similar recipe from Ina Garten; it was fabulous. I love simply roasting it as a veg but my MIL (in the 60’s) used to use it in a casserole using Pepperidge Farm Dressing and some kind of cheese. My own mother made another casserole with tomatoes, garlic and onions and, would you believe, Velveeta cheese. So I’ve been eating it for quite a while.

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