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Course: Appetizers
Keyword: Appetizers, Baba Ghannouj, Dips, Gluten-Free, Grill, Vegetarian

Baba Ghanouj- RELOADED

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours
Yield: 1.5 cups
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 2 large eggplants (2 1/2 pounds total)
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup packed parsley leaves

Specialized Hardware

Charcoal grill
Food processor
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours
Yield: 1.5 cups


  • Prepare a charcoal grill for direct heat.
  • Pierce some holes in the skin of the eggplants with a fork. (Skip this step and odds are good your eggplant will explode in a very messy way.)
  • Place eggplants directly on hot coals and turn with tongs every 1-2 minutes, until skin is charred and flesh is very soft, 8-10 minutes. Remove form the coals and carefully wrap each eggplant tightly in plastic wrap. Set aside to cool for 1 hour.
  • Without removing the plastic, cut the stem end off of the eggplants and squeeze the flesh out like toothpaste into a colander placed in your sink. Pick out any larger pieces of charred skin (smaller bits are ok), and drain for 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the flesh into a food processor along with the garlic, lemon juice, tahini, salt, and pepper, and process 10-15 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the parsley and pulse a few times to combine.
  • Serve room temp with pita chips or refrigerate up to 3 days.

Note: If you don't have a grill, the oven will do, but you'll miss that smoky sweetness that puts this dip over the edge. Heat oven to 375 F and place the pierced eggplants on an aluminum foil lined sheet pan. Roast for 1 hour, or until the flesh is very soft and the body begins to collapse. Continue with the rest of the procedure above.

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