Delicious Baba Ganoush
Baba Ganoush is a Middle Eastern dip made from roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. The creamy texture and rich, smoky flavor of Baba Ganoush make it a popular appetizer or snack.
- 2 pounds Italian eggplant (about 2 small-to-medium eggplants*)
- 2 medium cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, more if necessary
- ¼ cup tahini
- ⅓ cup Della Terra extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing the eggplant and garnish
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus extra for garnish
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Pinch of smoked paprika, for garnish
- Serving suggestions: warmed or toasted pita wedges, carrot sticks, bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, etc
- Preheat the grill to 450 degrees. Halve the eggplants lengthwise and brush the cut sides lightly with Della Terra olive oil. Add smokey paprika for some extra smokiness. Place them on the grill halved sides down.
- Grill the eggplant until the interior is very tender throughout and the skin is collapsing, about 35 to 40 minutes (this might take longer if you are using 1 large eggplant). Set the eggplant aside to cool for a few minutes. Flip the eggplants over and scoop out the flesh with a large spoon, leaving the skin behind.
- Place a mesh strainer over a mixing bowl, then transfer the flesh to the strainer and discard the skins. Pick out any stray bits of eggplant skin and discard. You want to remove as much moisture from the eggplant here as possible, so let the eggplant rest for a few minutes and shake/stir the eggplant to release some more moisture.
- Discard all of the eggplant drippings, drain and wipe out the bowl, and dump the eggplant into the bowl. Add the garlic and lemon juice to the eggplant and stir vigorously with a fork until eggplant breaks down. Add the tahini to the bowl and stir until it’s incorporated. While stirring, slowly drizzle in Della Terra extra virgin olive oil. Continue stirring until the mixture is pale and creamy, and use your fork to break up any particularly long strings of eggplant.
- Stir in the parsley, sea salt and cumin. Season to taste with more salt (I usually add another ¼ teaspoon) and more lemon juice, if you’d like a more tart flavor. Eggplant is traditionally bitter, adding more salt will alleviate the bitterness.
- Transfer the baba ganoush to a serving bowl and lightly drizzle Della Terra Organic Extra Virgin olive oil on top. Lastly, sprinkle parsley and smoked paprika on top. Serve with accompaniments of your choice. It’s also great on sandwiches! And, for an extra kick drizzle a bit of Habanero chili oil on the top.