Baba Ghanoush, say that three times. It’s such a fun word. The name has a delightful sound to it but what’s even better is the taste of this creamy eggplant dip. It’s rich, smokey, nutty, with a touch of garlic. It’s the type of appetizer dish you’ll want to dig into with a spoon.
All it took was one bite
Eggplant, aubergine, or melanzana, as I know the vegetable, is the main ingredient of this dip. The dish is of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean origin, and we tasted it for the first time when our son took us to a restaurant that featured Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine.
One bite was all it took. I think we heard angels singing on high.
Believe me; we had to implement a lot of self-control, not to go back to the buffet and ladle the baba ghanoush onto our plate. Oh, and also grab the pile of warm flatbread that was next to the dip.
Simple ingredients yield complex taste
For baba ghanoush, you only need five ingredients more: tahini ( a sesame paste), olive oil, fresh lemon, smoked paprika, and parsley.
I don’t count kosher salt as an ingredient, even though it’s included because I figure you usually have that in your kitchen.
Those six ingredients in combination produce a magical substance that you’ll want to slather on a delicious piece of yeast bread like pocketless pitas.
The best baba ghanoush
I want to fill you in on the secrets to making a superior eggplant dip.
- You roast the eggplants on a grill. You can check doneness by piercing either end of the globe with a skewer. If there’s resistance, just keep them on a little longer.
- When done, wrap the eggplant tightly in foil and let them rest for 15 minutes.
- Now, this is important 😉, scoop the flesh from the skin and put the meat in a salad spinner. Yes! A salad spinner! Crank it gently. Spinning removes the additional moisture from the eggplant and concentrates the flavor.
Quick to put together
We like our dips creamy, so we put the eggplant, garlic, and lemon juice in our food processor. Pulse until it comes together into a smooth paste. We add the tahini and pulse again. Now, we turn on the processor and pour the olive oil in a thin, steady stream.
Next, comes the parsley, salt, and smoked paprika and we mix that in by hand. Taste. Hmmm, does it need more lemon? More salt? Here is where you season to taste.
Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and serve with warm flatbread or veggies.
Ecco!! You’ve made baba ghanoush!! Now, for the best part! Mangia!!
Tutti a tavola è pronto.
Un caro saluto e alla prossima.
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