Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bathenjan - Bathenjan Dip Recipe

Bathenjan Dip recipe is a Middle Eastern spread and dip similar to hummus, but is made with bathenjan (eggplant) instead of chickpeas (garbanzo beans).

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Serving Size: cup
Servings: 8

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds bathenjan (eggplant more or less)
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
optional garnishes: minced parsley, tomato, paprika

Preparation
Grill the eggplant over direct heat, after pricking in several places with a fork, until it is blackened and collapsed. This will take from 30 - 45 minutes, depending on the size of the eggplant and how hot the grill is.

Scrape the soft flesh from the skin (leaving a few bits of blackened skin will add to the nice smokey flavor) and purèe in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients.

Garnish as desired. Serve with wedges of pita bread, crackers, etc.

TIP: Eggplants can also be oven-roasted at 400°F for 30 - 45 minutes, or until soft and collapsed.

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Baba Ganush

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