This is a healthy and delicious Middle Eastern recipe that can be used as a dip with pita bread or served as a side dish. Sometimes I like to add parsley to this dish. Just chop up the parsley with the other ingredients. It makes it look pretty and taste good! Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
6 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 26 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pierce the eggplant 4 or 5 times with the tip of a paring knife. Microwave on High for 6 to 8 minutes until softened, then place on a plate, and allow to cool to room temperature.

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  • Peel off the skin and stem, discard. Roughly chop the eggplant and place into the bowl of a blender along with the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. Puree until smooth, adding water if needed to make a thick paste; season to taste with salt.

Nutrition Facts

120 calories; protein 1.3g 3% DV; carbohydrates 5.1g 2% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 6.4mg. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2008
Perfect traditional recipe! This tastes just like the baba ghanoush at my favorite lebanese restaurant where the owners are FROM Lebanon where Baba Ghanoush comes from.:) Only thing I'd add is maybe some chopped parsley and pine nuts to garnish! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/09/2009
I really missed the smokey flavor that I'm use to in Baba Ghanoush. I thought it was on the bland side. Here are two ways I found that can add additional flavor. The first way is to just grill or saute slices or the eggplant before blending. Make sure you cook it until it is a dark brown. The other way (best) is to bake the whole eggplant with skin and all until the outside is chard. Then remove the skin and blend. The fist gives a light smokey flavor and the second method gives a full smokey flavor that just adds so much to the recipe. Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
02/09/2009
I really missed the smokey flavor that I'm use to in Baba Ghanoush. I thought it was on the bland side. Here are two ways I found that can add additional flavor. The first way is to just grill or saute slices or the eggplant before blending. Make sure you cook it until it is a dark brown. The other way (best) is to bake the whole eggplant with skin and all until the outside is chard. Then remove the skin and blend. The fist gives a light smokey flavor and the second method gives a full smokey flavor that just adds so much to the recipe. Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2008
Perfect traditional recipe! This tastes just like the baba ghanoush at my favorite lebanese restaurant where the owners are FROM Lebanon where Baba Ghanoush comes from.:) Only thing I'd add is maybe some chopped parsley and pine nuts to garnish! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2008
Increased the Tahini to 3 tbls reduced the olive oil to 1/6 cup and used 1 tsp garlic. Pureed in a blender it was creamy with a hint of garlic. Awesome. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2007
I made this exactly as stated. The garlic was overwhelming. I think next time I would try only 1/2 of what is called for. I could not get around the garlic taste (and I love garlic) so sadly I had to toss it. I gave it a 3 star beccause I think if adjusted right it may be good. I am a big fan of hummus and white bean dip and the concept here is the same. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2008
So easy and very good. But like a previous reviewer the garlic was overwhelming. And I love garlic! I will make this again but cook the garlic slightly in the olive oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2008
this reminds me of the baba ganoush that my grandmother made while I was growing up... AWESOME! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2010
I made this recipe this afternonn with our fresh eggplant! It is delicious I did after skimming over the reviews add a few drops of liquid smoke to the eggplant when I microwaved it and let it cool. It added a nice subtle flavor. Thanks for sharing it's my first attempt to make this! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2008
Made exactly as stated and the garlic was much too much. I was disappointed. I kept adding more salt to cut the garlic flavor. No one in my family would eat it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/20/2008
This was a tad too tangy or maybe bitter for our liking. I would make it again next time I had an eggplant to use up either scraping out the eggplant seeds and/or using less lemon juice. Read More
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