We’re so very grateful for a bumper eggplant crop this 12 months. But after prepping and freezing ten meals price of eggplant Parmesan, I wanted a brand new method to make use of up the final of my eggplant harvest.
With a lot of household gatherings in my future, I assumed what higher method than to make a scrumptious and homegrown appetizer that I can serve to my household and buddies.
Similar to hummus, at it’s core baba ganoush is nothing greater than eggplants, tahini, olive oil, garlic and some lemon juice. But after discovering some inspiration here and here, I added some parsley from the backyard, cumin and a contact of paprika. Fantastic!
To Tahini or Not to Tahini… That is the Question
Traditionally baba ganoush requires tahini, however I didn’t have any. Eggplants, garlic, parsley and the others, however no tahini. What’s a lady to do? I made a decision to craft a substitute utilizing natural sunflower seeds and toasted sesame oil versus touring 25+ minutes to the closest grocery retailer. Thankfully it turned out completely and was fairly scrumptious.
This recipe requires 1 / 4 cup of tahini, however you’ll be able to substitute any nut or seed butters (sunflower, cashew, almond and many others.) But word that butters with robust flavours might take over the roasted eggplant flavour. If you select to make a sunflower seed substitute I’ll share what I did:
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds (natural if you will discover it)
- 1-2 tbsp of toasted sesame oil
- Start with 1 tbsp and add extra if needed
- The sesame oil provides an exquisite flavour and carefully mimics tahini
Some Recipe Notes
Many recipes name for grilling your eggplant, however I discovered roasting it labored nice. The smoked paprika within the recipe helps so as to add the smokey flavour you’d get from grilling your eggplants. But when you choose roasting please be happy to take action.
Don’t skip the salt. I do know it may be very tempting for people attempting to scale back their salt consumption, however eggplant can typically style bitter and the salt helps to chop that bitter flavour.
Now let’s get cooking…
Serve with uncooked veggies, tortilla chips, warmed pita slices or as a condiment on sandwiches and wraps.
I hope you get pleasure from your baba ganoush as a lot as I do.
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