Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Baba Ganoush

 My dad, bless his heart, planted several eggplant plants for me this year in his garden.  He hates eggplant.  My mom--not a fan either.  Me, I am loving trying to love them.  I am bound and determined that they do not have to taste bitter or pithy.  So, as the eggplants start rolling in, I am having fun finding recipes to try.  I had seen "baba ganoush" on several different food blogs, and I figured that since I have free eggplants, this would be a great recipe to try.  My family all loves hummus, and baba ganoush is basically like hummus made with eggplant instead of garbanzo beans.  So, YUM.  YUM.  And I will be making this again this weekend, in the attempt to win over my parents over to Team Eggplant (yeah, guess who can't wait for the fourth Twilight movie to come out...next year.  Sorry.  That was shameless).  I grilled my eggplant on my grill for about 20 minutes, until it was charred all the way around.  Super easy.

Baba Ganoush
adapted from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

1 large eggplant (about 1 pound)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons lemon juice
olive oil for drizzling

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Prick eggplant with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake the eggplant until it is soft inside, about 20 minutes. {Alternatively, grill the eggplant over a gas or charcoal grill, rotating it around until the skin is completely charred, about 10-20 minutes.} Let the eggplant cool slightly. Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, scoop the pulp into a colander and let drain for several minutes.  Transfer eggplant to a food processor. Add the garlic cloves, salt, parsley, tahini, and lemon juice.  Process the until smooth and transfer to a serving bowl.  Season with additional salt as needed, to taste. 

Serve with fresh pita bread or fresh veggies.


  1. Ooo. That sounds pretty yummy! Is the tahnini a paste? Where do you find it in the grocery store?

  2. Jill, the tahini is in a jar in the Asian food section at Meijer. It is about $6.99 for a jar. It is a paste made out of sesame seeds.

  3. I serve this with a cucumber-dill salad (diced cucumber, diced tomato, red onion, fresh dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper). We spread baba ghanoush on a pita half or quarter, then spoon some salad on top, and man-o-man is it good!

  4. Lisa, that sounds sooo delicious! Jill and I are headed over to your house for dinner! Right, Jill?! :)


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