Baba Ganoush ♥ (Recipe for Middle Eastern Eggplant Spread)

Baba ganoush doesn't often include parsley but it definitely improves the color from eggplant gray to parsley fresh
Today's vegetable recipe: Purée of grilled eggplant with garlic, lemon juice, tahini and parsley. A Middle Eastern spread or dip that's traditionally served with pita bread. Low carb. Weight Watchers 0 or 1 points.

Before I loved the garlicky, lemony taste of baba ganoush, I loved the sound of baba ganoush, pronounced [bah-bah gah-NOOSH]. Say it three times, you might love the sound too -- but it only takes one taste of baba ganoush to love how it tastes!

ALTERNATE SPELLINGS Baba ghanoush; baba bannoujh; baba-ganouj; babaganoush

This version uses grilled eggplant which adds a smoky flavor and adds parsley which brightens the color. It's a winner! The inspiring recipe from Alton Brown suggested adding sugar or honey if the baba ganoush were slightly bitter. There was no bitterness here but I so loved the idea of honey that after taking the photo, I swirled some in (not mixing it in, leaving it distinct) and -- oh swoon -- very good!

TAHINI Baba ganoush also calls for tahini, a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. It comes in a big jar and is expensive so you'll want to be able to use it in something other than baba ganoush. The other classic recipes that calls for tahini is hummus (here's the Kitchen Parade recipe for a simple hummus) but for something truly spectacular, I suggest Armenian Tahini Bread.

BABA GANOUSH

Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Time to table: 60 minutes
Makes 1 1/4 cups

1 pound globe eggplant

2 cloves garlic - next time I'll start with 1 clove
Juice of 1 to 2 lemons - I used 2 lemons, less than the equivalent of 2 1/2 lemons that Alton Brown called for; next time I'll start with the juice of one lemon, than add more depending on taste
2 tablespoons tahini - stir it well first
1/4 bunch of parsley - a small fistful, Alton Brown called for 1/2 a bunch
Salt & pepper to taste

GRILL THE EGGPLANT
Wash the eggplant but leave it whole. Prick the skin with knife tip in a few places so it won't explode. Grill for about 30 minutes, turning every 7 or 8 minutes. The skin should be blackened. When it's done, the eggplant will start to deflate. Slice off the stem end, let cool until you can handle it. Slice into the eggplant (it'll be a little messy) and scrape the flesh off the skin (a grapefruit spoon worked great). Discard the skins and any big chunks of seeds, let the flesh drain in a colander for 10-15 minutes.

In a food processor, mix the eggplant flesh with all the remaining ingredients and process til smooth. Taste and adjust to taste. Serve with pita bread or as a spread for sandwiches.


KITCHEN NOTES
NITPICKING ALTON BROWN - I just now noticed that all of Alton Brown's ingredients seemed double what seemed "right" to my taste. Perhaps this is because he used a two-pound eggplant, even though the recipe didn't say? AB, you're a rock star but some times, details do matter!
Other varieties of eggplant would work just fine, but have a higher proportion of skin:flesh so you'll need to start off with more eggplant. Here's what varieties of eggplant look like.

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DIPS & SPREADS from the ARCHIVES
~ Easy Easy Radish Spread, three ingredients plus salt & pepper ~
~ Spinach Artichoke & Bacon Dip, a classic ~
~ Beet Pesto, perhaps my favorite recipe from all of 2007 ~

~ more recipes for vegetable dips & spreads ~





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9 comments:

i LOVE baba ganoush - such a wonderful flavour!!

Must make this again soon. I went through a time making this every other day!

Your blog is one of my favorites! Thank you for your posts. Today, you posted one of my favorites too! I love the sound of baba ganoush too!

I love baba, even more than hummus. I'm looking forward to finding globe eggplant in the farmers' market later this summer.

The only thing better than saying "baba ganoush" is eating it. I love it as a spread on sandwiches and in wraps too.

Ya know, I've never liked baba ganoush~ which is weird cause I love Mediterranean food. I'm all over hummus, falafel and tahini. Maybe I should try making it myself and using the honey idea. I like the way that sounds.

Eggplant is one of my favorite foods and I adore baba ganoush. I've never made it with grilled eggplant before and really like that idea. The sweetener is a good tip, too, as I've had some come out a little too bitter. Making a mental note of that for the next time and will give it a try with agave!

And that Armenian Tahini Bread... oh my, yum!! Will have to give that a try as well. :)

Mmm... I just finished making this, and am letting it marinate for a little while before my boyfriend and I dig in. The initial taste test (aka fingers smuggled into the food processor post-process) had great results. Thanks so much for the great recipe!

I just made a version of baba ganoush-I have some snack size baggies of "ratatouille" in the freezer from the fall-- it was mainly eggplant, but also yellow squash, zucchini, shrooms, onions, and garlic all roasted in vinaigrette. I pureed that in the food processor with tahini, lemon juice and parsley. It was very tasty!

I'm looking to use up the last bits of put-up produce before the spring growing season really kicks in.

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