Baba Ghanoush

Ingredients:

2 eggplants
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions:

BBQ:

This method gives the Baba Ghanoush a smokier flavor.

Turn BBQ on to high.  Make holes in the skin of the eggplant with a fork.  Lather with olive oil.  Place onto the BBQ and cook for 20-30 minutes, making sure to rotate them as you cook.  They will char and blister.  When they have collapsed and softened, remove from BBQ and set aside to cool a bit.  Split them open and scoop the mixture out

Oven:

Preheat oven to 400-425 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

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.

For Both Methods:

Once you’ve cooked and cooled the eggplant, place eggplant, lemon juice, tahini, sesame seeds, and garlic in a 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.

George Christidis