Baba Ganouj Recipe

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The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Baba Ganouj Recipe. Enjoy Middle Eastern food and learn how to make Baba Ganouj.

Grilled eggplant is pureed along with garlic, lemon juice and tahini to make a lighter version of the classic Middle Eastern dip. If you can’t find ground sumac for the garnish, chopped pistachios are traditional as well. Serve with pita wedges or use as a spread for sandwiches.

12 servings, about 1/4 cup each
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

2 medium eggplants, (about 1 pound each)
4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini, (see Note)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish
Ground sumac, for garnish (see Note)

Preparation

Preheat grill to high.

Prick eggplants all over with a fork. Thread garlic cloves onto a skewer. Grill the eggplants, turning occasionally, until charred and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Grill the garlic, turning once, until charred and tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the eggplants and garlic to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, peel both. Transfer to a food processor. Add lemon juice, tahini and salt; process until almost smooth. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sumac, if desired.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. | Equipment: Skewer

Notes: Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in large supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters.
The tart berries of a particular variety of sumac bush add a distinctive element to many Middle Eastern dishes. Find them whole or ground in Middle Eastern markets or online at kalustyans.com or lebaneseproducts.com.

Nutrition

Per serving: 32 calories; 1 g fat ( 0 g sat , 1 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 245 mg sodium; 163 mg potassium.

Exchanges: 1 vegetable

From EatingWell:  May/June 2007

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