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Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Sides, Food, Recipes, Various | 0 comments

Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush

Leave it to a cool sounding name to add a little pzazz to your food in case tahini, cumin and parsley weren’t enough. I made it, ate it and loved it. Now it’s your turn.

Ingredients (Serves 3-4):

  • 2 medium eggplant (~ 2 lb)
  • 1/3 cup tahini/sesame paste
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pinch of cayenne
  • 1-1.5 Tbs chopped parsley leaves

Optional Fixins:

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • smoked paprika

Time~     Prep: 10 min     Cook: 40 min

Instructions:

  1. For a smokey flavor grill the eggplant over an open flame instead of or in addition to roasting it in the oven ( This step can be skipped). To grill:
    • Wrap the eggplant in 3 layers of aluminum foil and bbq for 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the eggplants. Don’t forget to turn.
    • If you don’t have a bbq place the wrapped eggplant on gas range grate and grill over medium-high flame for about the same time.
    • If you don’t have a gas stove broil the eggplant in the oven (top shelf) for 5-10 minutes on both sides before letting it to cook for another 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F and pierce the eggplants a few times with a fork.
  3. Place on a baking sheet/pan and cook for about 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile roast the garlic in enough oil then add the cumin and stir a few times. Add more oil if needed.
  6. Scoop the eggplant flesh into a large bowl, discard any liquid, and mash well with a fork.
  7. Add the garlic, cumin and the rest of the ingredients and mesh again to get a somewhat smooth texture.
  8. Allow to cool to room temperature. Taste and add finely grated raw garlic or cumin if needed.
  9. Garnish with chopped parsley and smoked paprika and drizzle olive oil if desired.

Tips:
Use a blender for a more pasty consistency, if preferred.
Serve cold with pita or tortilla chips as an appetizer.
To make your own chips see here.

Enjoy!

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