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Baba Ganoush

Roasted eggplant combined with tahini, fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh chopped parsley, crushed garlic, ground cumin, coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper. Mixture is pulsed in food processor until almost smooth. Dip is transferred to serving bowl, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and served with fresh chopped vegetables and pita bread for dipping.

Ingredients -

2 Large Eggplants
1/3 cup Tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon chopped Italian Parsley
3 Garlic Cloves, crushed through a press
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Coarse Salt
 Fresh Ground Black Pepper


1. Turn the oven to 450 degrees and preheat.

2. Poke the eggplants with a fork to pierce.

3. Place the eggplants on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

4. Roast in the preheated oven until soft, which takes about 1 hour.

5. The eggplant with be slightly blackened.

6. Allow to cool enough to handle, then trim the ends and peel the skin.

7. Slice in half, then into large pieces.

8. Place the pieces in a sieve placed over a bowl.

9. Allow the eggplant to drain for 10 minutes to remove the excess water.

10. Combine the tahini, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon parsley, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and pulse several times.

11. Add the eggplant and pulse until the mixture is chunky.

12. Transfer the mixture to a wide bowl and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil.

13. Serve with fresh chopped vegetables and pita chips or wedges.


Eggplant Recipe Tip -
Bitter Eggplant
Older, bitter eggplant can benefit from being soaked in salted water for around 15 minutes. The eggplant slices should be removed from the water, patted dry with paper towels and peeled before cooking. Dip peeled slices in lemon juice during preparation to prevent discoloration before cooking.

Eggplant Recipe Tip -
Baba Ganoush
Baba ganoush is a popular Middle Eastern eggplant dish. A simple baba ganoush starts with grilled eggplant. It is then pureed and added to tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Baba ganoush makes a wonderful vegetable dip or can be used as a filling for a sandwich, in pita bread or in a wrap.

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