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Eggplant Dip (aka Baba Ganoush)

Creamy, earthy eggplant dip that goes great with pita, chicken, pita chips or crackers, or vegetables.

Eggplant dip or Baba Ganoush is a household staple for us. We often make it as a vegetable side for chicken shish kabobs. This recipe is altered from the traditional recipe as we make without sodium or garlic. You can make this recipe a day or two ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Making it ahead helps the flavors to build.


Eggplant Dip (aka Baba Ganoush)

Ingredients

  • 2 whole eggplants

  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (fresh is best but you can use bottled)

  • 1 shallot (or 2 garlic cloves)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Smoked paprika (optional)


Directions

  1. Preheat to 375°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Tip: if you really like a smoky flavor, you can grill the eggplant as well but it is a bit messier.

  2. Cut off the stem end of the eggplants then cut them in half, lengthwise.

  3. Place eggplant halves flesh side down on the baking sheet.

  4. Roast in oven for 30-45 min (cook time can vary a bit depending on the size of the eggplants). When they are done, you can touch the skin and it will give or indent and the skin will appear slightly wrinkled.

  5. Cool for 10-15 min or until they are cool enough to handle.

  6. Use a spoon to scrape the flesh out of each eggplant half into a food processor.

  7. Add peeled shallot (or garlic), olive oil, lemon juice, and tahini. Blend on medium until smooth. You should still be able to see some of the eggplant seeds and there should be some texture but no large pieces of shallot or eggplant.

  8. Transfer to a serving or storage container (with a lid) and put in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

  9. Shortly before serving, sprinkle the top with smoked paprika to your taste preference. We usually use about a teaspoon on top and can still see the eggplant dip under the dusting of paprika. You can skip the paprika and top with a drizzle of olive oil as well.

  10. Serve chilled with pita, pita chips, crackers, or chicken.




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