The world, it seems, knows all about Hummus. In fact, the original recipe has been changed so much that I barely recognize it. But Baba Ghanoush? Well, that is a different story! Hummus has always been a simple mix of Chick Peas and Tahini. In today’s grocery stores and markets, hummus has seen the flavors of soy beans instead of chick peas, roasted peppers, and a whole host of other ingredients.
So, what then, is Baba Ghanoush? EGGPLANT! Yummy, roasted eggplant with all the same ingredients as the original hummus, only no chick peas.
Ingredients – Makes 2-3 cups
- Eggplant – 3 medium
- Garlic – 2 teaspoons
- Tahini – ¼ cup
- Zata’ar – 1 ½ teaspoons – optional
- Lemon juice – ½ cup
- Olive oil – ¼ cup
- Salt – 1 tablespoon or to taste
- Pepper – 1 teaspoon
Preparation – Preheat oven to 350
Fork pierce the eggplant and roast in oven for 45-55 minutes. Even better, char them on the grill then finish in the oven until soft.
Scoop soft, cooked eggplant out of the skin into a blender or processor. Add all the remaining ingredients and puree.