Babaganoush (or baba ganouche, baba ghanoush, baba gannoujh, baba-ganouj, babaganush, baba ganoush) pronounced [bah-bah gah-NOOSH], is a Middle eastern Eggpalnt Spread recipe served as Mezze or appetizer. The eggplants are baked in the oven and the skin is removed
2 lb (900 gr) eggplant
1 tablespoon salt
1 garlic clove
5 tablespoons tahini (*)
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/2 cup (120 cc) lemon juice
(*) Tahini is a paste made combining ground toasted sesame seed and vegetable oil. Is found in all major grocery stores and Middle Eastern style stores.
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons paprika
2 tablespoons parsley leaves
few mint leaves
Preheat oven 350 F (180 C). Using a vegetable peeler remove the skin from the eggplant. Place the eggplant on a oven pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until tender.
Place garlic and salt in a mortar. Using the pestle mash the garlic.
With a knife shave down the pulp of the eggplant (no skin) . . .
. . . remove the stem . . .
. . . and chop the eggplant in small pieces.
Transfer the garlic into the eggplant and, using the pestle, mash all together until fully combined.
Add the tahini . . .
. . . and continue mashing with the pestle.
Add yogurt and continue mashing and mixing with the pestle.
Add lemon juice and salt. Continue mashing and mixing until all ingredients are fully combined and reduced to a very fine paste.
Transfer to a serving dish. Top with extra-virgin olive oil and decorate with paprika, parsley and mint leaves.