Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush (THM S)
This was my first time making Baba Ganoush, and let me tell you just how EASY and flavorful this dish is.
Eggplant can be notoriously bitter, however I roasted it along with a whole head of garlic to bring out its sweetness. Roasting caramelizes the sugars in the vegetables, making them slightly smoky and a little sweet.
Don't be intimated by roasting vegetables! Just follow my straight-forward method, and you won't have any issues.
Let's start with the base of our Baba Ganoush - the garlic and eggplant.
Start by preheating your oven to 400, then slice your eggplant. Don't over-complicate it - I cut the stem off of it, then cut it into 4 big wedges. That's it! The skin will come off later, so don't worry about peeling or anything.
Pop it into your oven, and roast away! The garlic will roast the longest, for about 30-40 minutes (depending on the size of your bulb). The eggplant, on the other hand, will only roast for about 20-25 minutes, and it's easy to take that garlic bulb right off the sheet and leave it on the oven grates to finish roasting. Once the eggplant has some deep color, place it into a heat-safe bowl and cover with aluminum foil (you can totally recycle that piece you used on the baking sheet!) or plastic wrap. This helps finish cooking the eggplant, while also lifting the skin away from the flesh of the eggplant making it easier to peel.
With the garlic, I primarily go by smell to know when its done. When you start smelling the roasted garlic, check on it about every 10 minutes until you see a deep, golden color.
Look at that! Golden, a little crispy on the edges, and soft. Roasted garlic almost makes a paste because it's so soft, and I'll show you my easy-peasy way to get all those roasted cloves out of your bulb in just a minute.
Back to the eggplant! Once its cool enough to handle, take a sharp pairing knife to begin peeling the flesh away from the skin of the eggplant. I started on the skinny, pointy end of the wedge and made a small cut right between the skin and flesh. Then run your knife close to the skin, allowing the flesh to gently peel away. It's OK if it doesn't come off all in one piece, you're pureeing this anyway - no one has to know!
Now, it's time for the rest of your ingredients.
Squeeze of half a lemon - hold it cut-side up so that the seeds stay with the lemon, instead of going into your processor.
Start it whirling, then stream in about 1/3 c of olive oil (EVOO, in my world).
The Baba Ganoush is ready when it reaches this loose paste-like consistency. Think, a loose hummus.
Seriously, how beautiful is that? AND...it's ALL veggies! No dairy, no beans, no problem.
You can serve this with cut veggies (cucumbers, mini sweet peppers, grape tomatoes, fresh zucchini, cauliflower, I could go on...) even some baked low carb pita triangles or parmesan cheese whisps would work. Any way you serve it, it's equally delicious.
This dip has a smokiness from the roasted eggplant and cumin, then you get a little sweetness from the roasted garlic and tahini, and it has a fruity quality with the raw EVOO. Simply divine!
Make this Baba Ganoush for your next party, and your guests will be begging for your recipe.