Thursday, September 16, 2010

Baba Ghanoush






Today I tried Baba Ghanoush. I haven't tried anything new in awhile and felt like I needed to do something adventurous. It helps break up the monotony of the usual everyday junk.

Baba Ghanoush or Baba Ghannouj, Baba Ghannoug is an Arabic dish of eggplant, seasonings, tahini, olive oil. There are different variations that include adding tomatoes. It is eaten with pita bread or veges.

I first heard about this recipe on a podcast called Geek Farm Life. They are a couple of nerds from Northern California that got jobs in rural Indiana and bought a 10 acre farm and started growing their own food. If you have ever thought about a hobby farm I recommend this podcast, at least to change your mind about raising dairy goats (HUGE commitment). I would recommend their earlier podcast when they were on the farm, they have now sold the farm and moved to Australia so their content has changed to: " Geeks moved to rural Indiana, moved to Australia and now live in an apartment in the city". Anyways, here's the recipe I picked up from AllRecipes.com:

Ingredients:

1 eggplant
1/4 C Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Tahini
2 T Sesame Seeds
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
S&P to taste
1 1/2 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 400. Bake eggplant on baking sheet for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and place in bowl with cold water. Peel skin.

Place eggplant in bowl with lemon juice, tahini, sesame seeeds and garlic. Blend with electric blender to puree. Season with S&P. Slowly mix in olive oil. Refrigerate 3 hrs before serving.



I found this pretty good, definitely one of the better ways to use eggplant besides Mousakka. I find it hard to use eggplant in any meaningful way, especially since it essentially has no nutritional value. If you have a favorite recipe for eggplant I would LOVE to hear it!! This is a challenging vege.....