We got a very ripe eggplant in our co-op basket but I had never made anything with eggplant so this was going to be a new experience for us! So I asked our Facebook community what I should make with it. There were tons of suggestions that all sounded great! I went with baba ghanoush….mainly because it was super simple to make and I like saying the name. If you haven’t heard of baba ghanoush before, it’s a traditional middle Eastern dish, very similar to hummus. If you like the flavor of eggplant, you are sure to love this!
Traditional Baba Ghanoush
- 1 large eggplant, roasted and cooled
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 fresh lemons, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Paprika (for garnish)
- Extra virgin olive oil
Place the pulp of the roasted eggplant into a bowl and combine with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix thoroughly. Garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle of paprika. Serve with pita chips.