Baba Ghanoush: A mediterranean specialty that's easier than it sounds
Baba Ghanoush is hard to pronounce, but it’s incredibly easy to make.
The hardest part is waiting for your eggplant to bake, otherwise, it’s simple.
Gather your ingredients, throw them into your Vitamix (although any blender will do in this case), and you’ve got yourself a delicacy.
A dairy-free dip that isn't hummus
Don’t get me wrong, I love hummus.
Growing up in Jerusalem, hummus was like our peanut butter. I grew up on the stuff. And I’m really glad Americans have embraced the chickpea dip over the past decade or so. It’s on pretty much every mainstream menu and is an awesome appetizer for those with food allergies or specific diets.
But I gotta tell ya, I can’t eat the stuff every single day.
So sometimes I like to sub it out for baba ghanoush. Similar concept, similar flavor profile and still fits the bill for allergies and special diets. But is different enough to feel like a treat.
Make it perfectly every time
This week we were experimenting with our Perfect Blend Scale and iphone app. Vitamix has preloaded tons of awesome recipes into the app and you can even filter by vegan.
I saw this recipe for baba ghanoush and thought I’d give it a try. My only tweak was less tahini (accounted for in recipe below). For being based out of Cleveland, Ohio, I gotta say, they nailed this mediterranean dip.
We served it with pita, falafel and veggies. But it’s equally as good on pita chips.
When you get sick of hummus, give baba a chance. You’re gonna love it!
Useful tips for Baba Ghanoush
A healthy mediterranean dip that's dairy-free
- eggplant - 1 whole (415 g)
- tahini - 1/4 cup (37 g)
- lemon juice - 3 Tbsp. (30 g)
- olive oil - 2 Tbsp. (15 g)
- parsley (fresh) - 1/2 cup (9.5 g)
- garlic - 2 small cloves (8 g)
- salt - 1 tsp. (5 g)
- cumin - 1 tsp. (2 g)
- Broil each side of the eggplant for 10 minutes
- Turn oven to 350 F and bake for 30 more minutes
- Let cool
- Add all ingredients into the Vitamix container
- Blend on high for 20-30 seconds (you want to keep some texture)
- Pour into a bowl and serve with veggies or pita
- Snap a pic and tag #lifeisNOYOKE
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