Sorry folks! It’s been a while since my last post, been so busy with work, my garden, and everyday life…..anyways, here’s another one for you! BABA GANOUSH! It’s not your typical or traditional recipe but it’s still yummy, served up with Pita bread chips, crackers, veggies, or anything else you’d like.
With my abundance of eggplant growing from the garden, I’m trying to find more ways than just stir frying them. So please give my recipe a try, and remember to rate, post pictures or comment on it. HAPPY COOKING!
1 large eggplant
2 lemons, squeezed for juice
1/4 cup Tahini paste
2 – 3 fresh garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt OR Hellman’s mayonnaise
Salt, to taste
1 tbsp. fresh Parsley, chopped finely
Garnish: Chopped green onions or chive; Toasted Sesame seeds, Extra Virgin Olive
First preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Using a fork or knife, pierce the eggplant all over, this allows steam to escape. Place a cookie sheet on the rack just right below where you’ll be cooking the eggplant. Lay the eggplant right ON the oven rack and bake it for 50 – 60 minutes, or until softened completely though.
After the eggplant has roasted, place it into ziploc bags to allow for easy peeling. The trapped steam helps in easy peeling. Remove most of the seeds inside as well. Place the peeled eggplant in a strainer for about 15 minutes and allow for the excess liquid to drain off. Place the eggplants on a cutting board and using a knife, chop it finely; continue doing this until it’s the texture you’d like.
Place the eggplant into a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and taste for flavor. Add accordingly. Cover and place into the refrigerator for a minimum of 3 hours, before serving. Just before serving, garnish with chopped green onions or chives, sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
Serve with your favorite pita bread or chips; crackers, vegetable tray, or whatever else you’d like.
NOTE: You can also use a food processor for a smoother consistency. Either way, it’s gonna be yummy!