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Source: www.allrecipes.com (Entered by Shelli Brin)
A popular preparation method is for the eggplant to be baked or broiled over an open flame before peeling, so that the pulp is soft and has a smoky taste. Often, it is eaten as a dip with khubz or pita bread, and is sometimes added to other dishes. It is usually of an earthy light-brown color. It is popular in the Levant (area covering Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kurdistan, and Egypt).
In Lebanon, baba ghanoush is a starter or appetizer; in Egypt it is mostly served as a side dish or salad. The baba ghanoush can be found (with cut eggplants) in southern Turkey. In Palestinian homes, it is made with “wild” eggplants.
NOTE: At the farm, we’ve tried it without tahini and sesame seeds, and it was just as good. – Shelli
Serves: Serves 6
Step by Step Instructions
- 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.
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