Baba Ganoush is a great go-to appetizer perfect for two people, especially on hot summer days. Even if you’re not that big on eggplant, this dip is so delicious even eggplant-haters will like it. If you like eggplant and you’ve never tried Baba Ganoush, it will be a special treat for you.
I picked up a few beautiful Rosa Bianca eggplants at the farmers’ market the other day with my sister. These eggplants are Italian, small in size, and tender. Their color is amazing – bright purple hues with marbled white mixed in. They are known for their mildly delicious taste.
I make my Baba Ganoush a little on the garlicy side. You’ll want to add less if you’re a little garlic-shy. It’s good to keep the skin on the eggplants until you’ve roasted them. This will allow the pulp to stay nice and tender which will be perfect for pureeing.
Also, I like adding a handful of pistachios but I didn’t have any on hand. Instead, I added almonds to the mix. They tasted pretty good but I still prefer pistachios.
- 8 ounces eggplant (about 3 small Rosa Blanca eggplants)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- ½ lemon, juiced and zested
- 10 raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place eggplant on baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes. Fill a bowl up with cold water. Dunk eggplant in the bowl and remove. Peel skin off eggplants.
- In a blender or food processor, place eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, almonds, tahini, oil, and salt and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate before serving and serve with pita bread or crackers. Enjoy!