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Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush
This smoky eggplant dip is a great appetizer for any type of Middle Eastern meal. Photo by the Papazian Family.

Submitted by: Jennifer from Chicago, IL
Yield: 1 1/3 cups


  • 1 large eggplant (1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish
  • 1/2 Roma tomato, diced, for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation Instructions:

Pierce the eggplant in several places with a toothpick. Wrap the whole eggplant in two layers of aluminum foil, and set it over a gas burner flame (or on a hot grill). Cook, turning to get all sides, until it collapses and releases steam. While still hot, carefully unwrap the eggplant and place it in a bowl of cold water. Peel the skin off and allow to drain in a colander until cool. Squeeze the pulp to remove bitter juices, and then mash the eggplant into a puree.

In a food processor, or blender, mix the tahini with the garlic and lemon juice. Thin the mixture with water. With the machine running, add the eggplant, salt, paprika, and olive oil. Spread out in a shallow dish and garnish with Aleppo pepper, parsley, and tomatoes.

Serve with toasted pita triangles.


Helpful Hints

Easily make your own pita triangles with this recipe. Photo by the Vel and Amy.


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