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Homemade Baba Ganoush

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It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: When your next Baba Ganoush craving hits, don't hit the takeout counter -- make some at home instead. Jodi from What's Cooking Good Looking shows us how.

Baba Ganoush on Food52

When I see eggplant on a menu, I must order it. Baked, grilled, or breaded, I will take it any which way.

At home, one of my favorite things to do with eggplant is make Baba Ganoush. It makes a great appetizer for a dinner party, and you can make it ahead of time and keep it around for a snack -- the longer it sits, the better it gets. Give me a bowl of that smoky eggplant spread and some toasted pita chips and I am a happy girl. 

Here's another eggplant recipe to put a smile on your face: Barbara Kafka's Genius Marinated Eggplant

Baba ganoush is incredibly easy to make: there are only a few ingredients, and you likely already have them on hand. Each time you make this, your eggplants will yield slightly different amounts, so the measurements listed are more of a guideline than a rule. Free to experiment! I love to add a variety of toppings like toasted pine nuts, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes.

Baba Ganoush on Food52

Baba Ganoush

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of dip

5 medium sized eggplants (I used graffiti eggplant)
2 tablespoons lemon juice + the zest of 1/2 of a lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon tahini
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped
5 leaves of basil, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted (optional)
A pinch of toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Baba Ganoush on Food52

Place the wire rack in your over close to the boiler, and pre-heat the broiler on its highest setting. Score the eggplants all around and then place them on a baking sheet directly under the broiler. Broil the eggplants for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning over halfway through. You want them to be totally charred on the outside, and soft on the inside. When they are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.

Baba Ganoush on Food52

Once the eggplants have cooled, open them up and scoop out the insides into a colander using a spoon. Allow some of the water to drain and then transfer to a bowl. Mix together with the lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, garlic, salt, and pepper (or combine in a food processor), and adjust seasonings to taste. Garnish with herbs and toasted pine nuts or sesame seeds. Be sure to serve it next to some toasted pita, crackers, or crudités.

Baba Ganoush on Food52

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Jodi Moreno

Tags: Quick and Easy, DIY Food, How-To & Diy, Small Batch