Baba Ganouche

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Baba Ganouche is a Middle Eastern appetizer or dip made from eggplant.

Yields: Serves 6


1 large or 2 small eggplant

1-2 T tahini

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1-2 T fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Pinch of sea salt

1 T extra-virgin olive oil

1 T fresh parsley, chopped

Pita bread or crackers


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the eggplant in half, place on baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes – until soft. Remove from the oven, let cool, and scoop out flesh, discarding skin. Mash the eggplant until smooth. Add the tahini, the garlic, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and the cumin and mix well. Season with salt, taste, and add more tahini and/or lemon juice, to suit your taste. Drizzle with a little olive oil and garnish with parsley and olives if desired. Serve with chopped vegetables, rice crackers or pita bread.

Additional Tips

Serve with a mixed green salad topped with nuts and pumpkin seeds.

Recipe by
Karna Knapp