Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer baba ganoush

Actually, just traditional baba ganoush, but without using the oven to roast the eggplant. I used this recipe from allrecipes.com:

* 1 eggplant
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/4 cup tahini
* 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* salt and pepper to taste
* 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. Place eggplant on baking sheet, and make holes in the skin with a fork. Roast it for 30 to 40 minutes, turning occasionally, or until soft. Remove from oven, and place into a large bowl of cold water. Remove from water, and peel skin off.
3. Place eggplant, lemon juice, tahini, sesame seeds, and garlic in an electric blender, and puree. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer eggplant mixture to a medium size mixing bowl, and slowly mix in olive oil. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving.

I was reluctant to turn on the oven though, since the AC is already running all day to battle the heat outside. But one reviewer comment said this:

"I love this recipe, but I roasted my eggplant the way my Greek mother-in-law showed me...I place the whole eggplant, skin and all on the stove burner and charred each side over medium-high heat until it is soft and black all over. Then, i wrap it tightly in foil and placed in on the burner at low heat for about 30 min, turning once. By this time it should be very soft. Let it sit until it cools enough to handle and unwrap the foil over a bowl to collect all of the juices that leak (the juices add so much flavor) and carefully remove the blackened outer skin and discard that. Then you are left with a perfectly smoky eggplant pulp to add to the other ingredients."

I figured that a lebanese grandmother might know what she was talking about, and it left the oven out... turns out it was a wonderful idea and the best baba ganoush I've ever made!

1 comment:

natasha said...

Yum! That looks so delish! Can't wait to make it!