Need a little inspiration for some Summer snacking?
The weather finally got hot here and I think it’s going to stay that way. I say at least for the following months. It’s alright with me though. I know all too well that the cold will return soon enough. As you know, one of my favorite ways to take advantage of each season is to make something delicious.
So if you caught my recent posts you may know that I’m doing this little self-challenge. My goal is to start expanding my normal vegetable choices to things I don’t use as much (or never). Eggplant is not something I’ve tried before but rarely, if ever, use. When I was trying to decide what to make with it, I came across a beautiful appetizer board online and immediately baba ga-knew-sh what to do. (Rofl, I know it was such a corny line.)
Baba ganoush is a dip with a name that’s fun to say but sounds a bit fancy and complicated, right? Well, the great news is that it’s not at all. In fact, it’s very easy to make and only takes a few minutes of hands on work. You simply roast an eggplant first (a step I like to accomplish while I’ve already got my oven on for baking other things anyway). After that you peel it, throw it a blender with the other ingredients, and press go. That’s all there is to it.
Oh, and I’ve been loving sharing some little insides to how I sometimes use my recipes. I made this dip a few days ago on the same day I made this borscht soup and decided that this would make a great salad dressing so I had some corn on the cob and some greens.
You can also serve this as a warm dip for parties or events you might like to take it to. Either way, I think a variety of colorful veggies, chips, and crackers make a great presentation.
As always, I’d love to know what you think if you decide to make it and feel free to ask any questions. 😉
A fancy yet simple dip that is great with chips, crackers, and veggies.
- 1 medium-large eggplant, washed
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- sea salt & black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200C) and line a baking tray with foil or parchment. Bake the eggplant whole for 30-40 minutes until the skin begins to look wrinkled and darkens. Remove from oven and cool until able to handle it.
- Peel off the skin of the eggplant and cut off the stem. Then place the rest into a blender or food processor and add the other ingredients. Pulse until smooth and it's ready to serve.
- Store in an airtight container if saving.