August 17, 2020

Baba Ganoush

Recipe:

Baba Ganoush is a delicious and simple mediterranean roasted eggplant dip blended with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, a bit of sea salt and a generous amount of good olive oil.  Prepared in no time at all, and simply garnished with fresh parsley and mint, this flavorful dip is perfect when scooped up with an abundance of pita bread, sliced fresh vegetables or as a spread in a sandwich.  Definitely a perfect appetizer, snack or spread for any occasion.  Let's get started!

 

Supplies:

     Ingredients:

    • 2 Italian eggplants
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 25 grams plain yogurt (optional) 
    • 50 grams tahini
    • 60 grams EVOO
    • Salt to taste
    • Small bunch flat leaf parsley for garnish
    • 5 fresh mint leaves for garnish
    • Thinly sliced cayenne pepper or cayenne pepper flakes to taste
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil drizzled on top of the finished dish 
    • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional) 

      Directions:

      1. Preheat the Mangiafuoco Home Gas Pizza Oven  to 400°F - 200°C.
      2. Cut the eggplants in half, and slice the flesh diagonally, as shown in the video.  Set in a baking pan, skin side down.    
      3. Mix about 15-20 grams of olive oil with 1 clove of minced garlic, salt and cayenne pepper flakes or powder.  
      4. Baste the flesh of the eggplant with the garlic and olive oil mixture. 
      5. Place the pan with the eggplant in the oven for about 45 - 60 minutes.  Check occasionally to avoid scorching on top.   A sheet of aluminum foil may be placed on top of the eggplant halves for the initial baking time. 
      6. While the eggplant is baking, begin preparing the rest of the ingredients.  Mince 2 cloves of garlic, thinly slice the cayenne pepper and place them in a bowl.
      7. Add the rest of the olive oil to the bowl, as well as the yogurt, tahini, salt and lemon juice.  Mix everything together. 
      8. Once the eggplant is completely soft and the top is nicely caramelized, remove from the oven. 
      9. With the help of a spoon scrape the flesh away from the skin of the eggplant.  Transfer into a food processor, and mix until smooth. 
      10. Mix the eggplant and tahini mixture thoroughly together.
      11. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in the oven, thus allowing the flavor to become even more intense and delicious.
      12. Chop a few sprigs of parsley and mint leaves.
      13. Plate the blended mixture in a bowl and top it off with a generous drizzle of good olive oil.  Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the top, and garnish with the fresh chopped parsley and mint.  Delicious when served with pita bread, freshly cut vegetables or as a wonderful spread!  Enjoy!   
       
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