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The eggplants have arrived!

Posted in I Like Salt Too by brandi on August 19, 2010

Eggplants. They rock.

It took me a while to discover this. Mostly because of texture. An eggplant really has to be cooked down to its last dying breath before I want anything to do with it. Too few minutes in the oven and I might as well be chewing on a waterlogged Nerf ball. But those few minutes of cooking later and I’m feasting in eggplant heaven. And what better to way to pulverize an eggplant’s spongey texture than with baba ganoush.

First things first, roast the eggplant. I roasted it over the flame of my stove burner. This adds the smokey flavor that makes baba ganoush taste like baba ganoush. I roast it until it is completely mushy, practically falling apart. The softer you get it over the flame, the more buttery the puree will be. If you lack a gas stove, then it’s possible to roast in the broiler, but it won’t be as tasty.

Then I let the eggplants sit in a sealed tupperware for 15 minutes or so. The idea is to steam them a bit more and to allow them to cool down enough to handle. Resist the temptation to let them cool completely, because this too will result in a less smooth puree.

Once finished steaming I peel their purple skins off.

I put them (sans stems) in the food processor with tahini, lemon juice,  minced garlic, salt and pepper. I let it puree for a few minutes. The result should be smooth and fluffy. Taste for salt, because every eggplant is different, you know? From here you want to let it sit for a while in the fridge. 4 hours is sufficient, 12 hours is better. Think of it like a soup, it just needs a little time to have all of its flavors meld together. Right before serving I like to stir in some fresh parsley and top it with toasted pinenuts. No photos of that today though, because well, we ate it too fast. It happens.

BABA GANOUSH RECIPE:

2 medium or 3 small eggplants

1/2 cup tahini

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup lemon juice

fresh cracked black pepper to taste

1 tsp salt

fresh parsley

toasted pine nuts

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  1. Caroline @ A Cozy Kitchen said, on August 19, 2010 at 9:39 am

    OMG – I love baba ganoush! I could eat that whole bowl! You should also try blending eggplant with roasted tomatoes for a great pasta sauce!

  2. Holly said, on August 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Is the texture similar to hummus? Do you serve this with chips or veggies or?

    Thanks

  3. molly said, on September 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I am so with you on this one. I’ll take smoked silk over chewy nerf, any day. (And then? All the day long.)

  4. sue said, on October 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Mix in some white sauce thickened with 4 egg yolks, then fold in the stiffly beaten whites, pour into a souffle dish and voila–delicious eggplant souffle! Try it–you’ll like it!

    If it’s too garlicky for you, just cut back. You could always add some subtle dry cheese, but not too much. You want the eggplant to take the curtain calls.

    –from a 1960’s era Joy.

  5. Stacey said, on November 2, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Love this! Baba is my fav. My best friend is half-Lebanese and she taught me how to make her baba a while back. Every year when those eggplants begin to come in…..

  6. Sarah said, on November 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Love, love baba ganoush. If you love the smoky flavor (as I very much do), try burying the eggplant in the embers of a charcoal or wood fire. The difference is amazing. I can’t even come close when I do it on my stove.

  7. Hagit said, on December 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

    What a great blog!
    Next time you’re making Baba ganoush try chopping the eggplant with a wooden knife,and mix it all on the board ,this is the authentic way.
    If you want to imprese your guests, take the whole grilled eggplant with the stem, and spread it on a serving plate,season with some kosher salt,then drizzle nicely some tahini paste,pomegranate molassa and olive oil,you can skip the molassa and drizzle some sheep yogurt…yummi it’s my favorite!

  8. Paola said, on March 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Complimenti per le ricette, per le foto…ottimo lavoro! Hugs from Italy.


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