Baba Ghanoush

This creamy dip is one of my favorite ways to use eggplant. If you haven't made Baba Ghanoush, you are missing out and are in for a treat!

This eggplant dip is creamy, low-fat and has a nice lemon zip. I love it served warm with raw vegetables or crackers, but it's also fabulous spread on a sandwich!  

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Baba Ghanoush

INGREDIENTS

  •  3 whole medium eggplants
  •  4 tbsp tahini
  •  4 cloves garlic, minced
  •  1/4 cup lemon juice
  •  3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  •  1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prick the surface of each eggplant several times with the tines of a fork.
  2. Under the broiler, blacken/char the eggplant for 25 minutes. The skin should be completely shriveled and dark, and the eggplant almost fall-apart tender. You will need to rotate the eggplant a few times during this process, so it evenly cooks. Set them aside to cool slightly.
  3. When cool, peel off skin enough to get a spoon into each eggplant and scrape out the flesh into a bowl. Try to get as much as you can, even the stuff that’s stuck to the inside of the skin. (This process is a total mess, so don’t worry.)
  4. Mash eggplant with a fork. A few chunks are fine; you want a relatively smooth texture.
  5. Stir in all other ingredients, tasting before adjusting seasonings. It is crucial that you don't UNDER salt. The salt will make all the flavors pop once you have enough, so slowly add more until you have a bright flavored dip!
  6. Serve with pita triangles, baguette slices, chips, crusty French bread…or dive in with a spoon.