|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
It is amazing how many different spelling options there are for what is basically a pretty simple dish. Is it baba ganoush or ghanoush? Or possibly ghanouj? However you spell it though, there is no question that it's very tasty. Traditionally, a baba ganoush refers to a recipe consisting of roasted eggplant blended together with tahini and various spices. It's a typical appetizer or mezze plate addition in Middle Eastern cuisine. And it happens to be quite easy to make but you can also find pre-made containers of it in large markets that also sell hummus and tahini.
Eggplant can sometimes get a bad reputation for being bitter, though. Not all the varieties are bitter, of course and there are methods of dealing with the bitterness when it exists. But if you've been scarred by the taste of a bitter eggplant, you might be shy about trying baba ganoush even when promised that it is not bitter. So, if that's the case or for those people who genuinely dislike the taste of eggplant, you can still enjoy this creamy dip but in zucchini form. Simply roast the zucchini as you would an eggplant and proceed with the normal baba ganoush recipe. The texture of the two vegetables is similar when roasted and both have mild, creamy flavors.
Regardless of whether you like the original eggplant recipe, the alternative zucchini recipe, or both, the consistency of the final dip, when using either vegetable, is very similar and the result is a smooth and creamy dip. Then grab some homemade pita chips or rounds of warmed naan bread and start happy snacking!
- 2 large zucchini (ends cut off and split in half lengthwise)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic (peeled)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
- Salt (to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- Garnish: 2 tablespoons pine nuts (toasted)
- Optional: pinch red pepper flakes
Gather the ingredients.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F..
Cut off the ends of each zucchini, slice in half, lengthwise, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle on the olive oil.
Roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until the zucchinis are fully soft.
Allow the zucchini to cool enough to handle and then scoop the flesh out of each zucchini half.
Add the flesh to a food processor along with the garlic clove, tahini and lemon juice. Puree the mixture until smooth.
Stir in the chopped parsley, salt, ground black pepper and red pepper flakes, if using.
Serve with the toasted pine nuts alongside pita bread, naan or other flatbread for dipping.
- You can use more or less tahini depending on your preference and feel free to customize the spices a bit to suit your taste.