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Baba Ghannouj (also spelled 'gannoush' or 'ghanouj') is a tahini-based dip similar to hummus, swapping out creamy chickpeas for the smoky flavor of roasted eggplant. I'm a bit of a baba ghannouj snob, as ratio is really important in a dip like this. Too much tahini makes the consistency runny, while too much eggplant gives it a really seedy texture. ('Baba ghannasty' is actually what I used to call really seedy baba ghannouj growing up. No kid likes a lot of mushy eggplant!) Here is a traditional recipe for baba ghannouj. Pair it with some lightly toasted loaves of pita bread or sliced veggies for a healthy snack that's full of flavor! --------------------------------------------------------- Eggplant Dip (Baba Ghannouj) 1 large eggplant 1/2 cup tahineh 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 clove of garlic, minced Juice of 1 lemon Salt to taste Cut 1" slits in eggplant to prevent from splattering while baking. Bake eggplant at 500 degrees until tender (or boil in water 10 to 15 minutes). Split eggplant open and scoop the inside pulp together with the juice. Mix Tahineh, lemon juice, garlic, and salt to make Tahineh sauce. Add water, in needed, to make a thick sauce. Add mashed eggplant to Tahineh sauce. Place in salad bowl and pour oil on top. Garnish with parsley and tomato slices, if desired. --------------------------------------------------------- I hope you all enjoy making this at home! Try creating your own variations, or swapping out the eggplant with zucchini or acorn squash for a whole new flavor!
I actually laughed out loud at this title HHAHA and YES! Baba gannoush is one of my favorite foods. There is a great Israeli place near my house where I can get the "salad bar" aka a pound of baba gannoush and hummus in a to go container hahah
@danidee thank you for the tip, I'll see about my local farmers markets first I love a good excuse to go check them out!
@pixiedust I would suggest trying it at a Greek or Middle Eastern restaurant first! Or they might even sell some at your local farmers market. Maybe you can nag them for a sample!
This sounds wonderful, I've never actually tried baba ghannouj and I think I'd be a bit nervous making it without trying it somewhere first.
Time to buy me some eggplanr
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