It's strange to think that only a few years ago I was not a big eggplant fan. Before I started to experiment with cooking it myself, the only time I had ever really had it was when I was young and it was deep fried, like eggplant parm style. It just wasn't for me.
So when I started doing my farm share 5years ago and were getting lots of eggplants, I knew I had to figure something out and try new ways of eating it. Well it turns out that I actually love eggplant, like a lot. I went eggplant crazy and for a while was eating a eggplant a day, either roasted or tuned into soup or cooked crispy into chips. And lots of baba ganoush, or what I think of as eggplant hummus (all the hummus stuff minus the chick peas). Smooth, creamy, rich and tangy. I have been know to make a batch and eat it all to my face in a sitting.( there is absolutely nothing wrong with that) It's that good. And bonus. Being so super busy busy, this is just so dang fast and easy to make. 25 minutes and 20 of those minutes are the eggplant roasting, and you got yourself something tasty to eat. Plus if you have a few eggplant in the fridge that might have seen better days, turning them into the baba ganoush is a great way to go.
Baba ganoush, The name just says it all cause how could something called baba ganoush be anything other then awesome.
The stuff. A couple (or three) eggplants, a lemon, some tahini, garlic, olive oil and salt.
Eggplant get sliced in half and stuck onto a baking sheet to go into a super hot oven to roast. Some people oil it, I don't, but you can if you want.
Brown and tender. Roasted to perfection.
Toss the roasted eggplant and the garlic into a blender. Add in the juice of the lemon, tahini, olive oil and a pinch of salt.
So silky smooth. Taste and add any more tahini, salt, lemon that you want until it taste like it should taste to you.
And into a bowl it goes. Baba ganoush all up in your face. I highly enjoy a good dusting of some zataar on top, but even just a sprinkle of pepper, or sumac, sesame seeds or even thyme is nice. Or nothing, you don't need anything.
A big bowl of baba served with some chippers (for the mr) and cut up veggies (for me!) I wanted to make pitas but just didn't have the time. Oh well, next time.
Be careful, this stuff is addictive!
Make about 2-1/2 cups
- 2 eggplants (or 3 smaller sized eggplant)
- 1 lemon
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons tahini ( more if you like)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Zataar (optional)
Crank up the oven to 450
Slice eggplants in half and place on a cooking sheet and into the oven they go.
Bake for 25ish minutes, flipping over after 15 or so minutes, until the eggplant browned is nice and tender then remove from oven. Take the cooked eggplant and dump into a blender.(skin and all) Add in the juice of the lemon, the tahini, the olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Blend it all together until smooth. Taste and add more tahini and or salt if needed.( can even add more lemon too) Once you are happy with the taste, scoop into a bowl and serve with a good pinch of zataar seasoning (if your into it) and a butt load of veggies, pitas, chips or whatever you dip into you baba ganoush.