Baba Ghanoush aka Roasted Eggplant Dip is a classic appetizer that is often served with a big bowl of sturdy chips like pitas. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Ghanoush, Ganousch, Ghannouj, Ghanouj. No matter how you spell it all sounds the same and they all come out equally delicious.
A classic in many countries Baba Ghanoush Dip is unique, easy to make and very versatile. It's fun to make because you actually get to do something that you don't do too often - roast vegetables. This time its eggplant.
Check out the directions and photos below for roasting.
I like to add more lemon, garlic, and salt though. Dish up a pretty good size bowl and serve with a big bowl of chips like pitas. It's also wonderful served with other veggies like red bell peppers, cauliflower, and carrots.
Yeah, now the party can begin. The flavors make everyone happy at our house and I think you will get some happiness when you try it too.
How Do You Roast Eggplant?
I've also outlined the instructions in the recipe card.
Lay the eggplant on a parchment covered baking sheet.
Slash the eggplant a couple of times across the skin to keep it from exploding in the oven.
Slide the eggplants into the oven and roast about 40 minutes at 425°. Turn them over with tongs halfway through. The eggplant will collapse a bit and char.
Remove the eggplant from the oven and let sit about 15 to 20 minutes to cool down.
Peel the eggplant, cut off the ends and discard.
Check out the photos so you can see how the eggplant collapses.
What's the Difference between Baba Ganoush and Hummus?
Very little is different between the two amazingly popular dips.
Hummus is made with chickpeas whereas Baba Ganoush is made with eggplant.
They both use tahini and lemon as added ingredients and both are gluten-free.
Hummus can be changed up in a slew of different ways, and eggplant is a shining jewel just as it is.
Eggplant has a smokier flavor because the eggplant is roasted and hummus has a nuttier flavor from chickpeas/garbanzo beans.
Let me show you one of my seven hummus recipes on the blog. It really does mix well with other ingredients. This one is Kalamata Hummus.
So both are Middle Eastern and geographically interesting if you can pull out a map.
Don't pass either one of these dips up but make sure you don't ever miss taking advantage of Roasted Eggplant Dip.
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Here's another extra bit of information. You can also use Japanese eggplant for this eggplant dip.
In fact, there are a lot of varieties of eggplant and I would use any one of them except the really small round ones.
Not that they wouldn't taste good but it would be a lot more work peeling small eggplant after roasting.
Here's the recipe card right here below. You could print it out right now and take it to the grocery store.
Weekend is planned!
- 2 eggplant about 1-½ to 2 lbs
- 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped - small to medium sized cloves, cut back if you're not into garlic
- ⅓ cup tahini
- 2 lemons juiced
- 1 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425°
- Lay the eggplant on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Slash the eggplant a couple of times across the skin to keep it from exploding in the oven.
- Slide the eggplants into the oven and roast about 40 minutes at 425°. Turn them over with tongs halfway through. The eggplant will collapse a bit and char.
- Remove the eggplant from the oven and let sit about 15 to 20 minutes to cool down.
- Peel the eggplant, cut off the ends and discard.
- Put the eggplant, garlic and tahini into a food processor and blend.
- It will a tiny bit chunky - not smooth but almost. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Blend some more and serve.
- Delish with a chunky cracker and as always - with pita chips.
Let cool to room temperature. Pack in rigid sided containers and place in the freezer. Can be frozen for 4 months.
TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
Remove from the freezer and put in the refrigerator overnight or all day. Zap it in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds to take the chill off. Serve with pita chips.