Baba Ganoush is of Lebanese origin. It is absolutely delicious and makes for a really great snack or appetizer! It's made with eggplant which is a low calorie, nutrient dense fruit, but often referred to as a vegetable. Eggplants are in the nightshade family, some people may have sensitivities to them. Eggplants are rich in anthocyanins, a type of pigment with antioxidant properties responsible for their beautiful vibrant colour! Here's how to whip up some delicious baba ganoush!
1 tbsp avocado oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tahini
1/2 an onion
2 cloves of garlic
Cut the eggplant in half. Lay purple side up on a baking sheet. Broil for 5-7 minutes, or until the skin looks wrinkly. You basically want to burn the skin a bit, this will help you out later. Once a little burnt, flip the eggplant, purple side down drizzle with oil, S+P. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes.
In a pan, saute the onion and garlic. Set aside.
Once the eggplant is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Place the "guts" of the eggplant into a food processor, getting out as much as you can with a fork or spoon.
Add lemon juice, tahini, onion, garlic and s+p to taste.
Voila! Home made baba ganoush, it's fun to say and so tasty! Enjoy with crackers or veggies, in sandwiches or with hummus!
Pairs well with homemade hummus! :)