Baba Ghanouj

It’s probably wrong to love a shmear as much as I do. Hummus is great, but baba ghanouj seems more special. At it’s simplest, it is pureed eggplant with seasonings. At it’s most complex, it is refreshing yet substantial in its flavor. I was surprised at how easy it was to make, and how strange a peeled roasted eggplant feels. After you roast and peel it, the eggplant feels like something you’d pull out from a corral in the ocean. Once you get past the strange feel of it and start cooking (literally) you’re one step closer to adding the perfect compliment to your meal.

roasted eggplant baba ghanouj

Source: The Book of Jewish Food
1 large eggplant
3 T. tahini
1 T. water
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 garlic clovers
2 T. chopped flat-leafed parsley

baba ghanouj

1. Prick eggplant all over with a fork and place under broiler until the skin is blackened
2. Let cool so you can handle it. Peel and chop eggplant. Place in the bowl of a food processor
3. Beat tahini with one tablespoon of water and lemon juice. Add to food processor. Add garlic and salt and process until it’s pureed. Add parsley and process until combined. Taste and tweak salt as needed. Serve!


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