Baba Ghanouj

Baba Ghanouj
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Baba ghanouj, also called baba ghanoush, is a savory purée of eggplant flavored with tahini, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. Eat it with wedges of whole-wheat pita bread for dipping, or spoon it over roasted meats and vegetables. Click here to see In Season: 6 Easy Eggplant Recipes.
  • 1 large eggplant, halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoon sesame tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • warm pita bread or crackers, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Place the eggplant cut side down on the baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork and bake until soft and collapsed, about 20 minutes.
  3. When cool enough to handle, scoop the eggplant pulp into a bowl and discard the skin. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the parsley if using a blender). Mash for a chunky texture, or purée in a blender for a smooth texture.
  4. Garnish with parsley and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with warm pita bread or crackers.