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Baba Ghanoush dip with chips and veggies and pita chips on the side
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Baba Ghanoush

Baba Ghanoush/Roasted Eggplant Dip. Yes, dip can be healthy and delicious!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers
Cuisine: Assyrian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 117kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. large eggplant
  • 1 tsp. salt (divided)
  • 1-½ T. olive oil (divided)
  • 1 T. sesame seed oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 T. tahini paste
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. cumin (optional)
  • 1 T. chopped parsley
  • 1. T. toasted pine nuts
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or paprika

Instructions

  • Slice large eggplant in half. Sprinkle with ¼ tsp. salt. Place in a colander, flesh-side down and allow eggplant to sweat out the bitter juices for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse the salt off, they dry off with paper towels. 
  • Preheat oven to 450 Degrees F. 
  • Smear ½ teaspoon of olive on a foil-lined pan. Place eggplant flesh-side down on the pan. Add unpeeled garlic cloves. Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil over them.
  • Place pan in the oven. After 15 minutes, remove the garlic, and flip the eggplant over to the other side and cook an additional 15 minutes, or until slightly charred. 
  • When cool enough to handle, scrape the eggplant flesh away from the skin using a large spoon. Drain in a colander for a few minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the remaining salt, sesame seed oil, peeled and crushed garlic, tahini paste, lemon juice, and cumin (if using) to a food processor. 
  • Add eggplant flesh to the food processor, along with the other ingredients. Pulse a few times, to mix. Do not over-mix, baba ghanoush should have a chunky consistency. 
  • Plate the baba ghanoush and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
  • Before serving, drizzle with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Garnish with any of the following: chopped parsley, paprika/cayenne pepper, and toasted pine nuts. 

Notes

  • Make sure to use quick pulses when mixing the dip in a food processor. You want the dip to maintain some chunkiness instead of being too creamy.
  • Serve this delicious dip with pita chips, or an assortment of cut-up vegetables.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 399mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g