Quick & Easy Dip: Baba Ganoush

Louisa Shafia shows how to create the perfect appetizer dip with a Mediterranean twist. This simple and quick dip incorporates hints smoky eggplant and creamy tahini that perfectly complements pita bread or veggie sticks.

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Hi, I'm Louisa Shafia, on eHow.com. Today, I'm going to show you how to make a baba ganoush a classic middle eastern spread which is made with eggplant, garlic and tahini which is sesame paste. Now, I'm going to show you a really cool way to cook the eggplant. This is something that in the restaurant world a fast and dirty technique. I'm going to roast my eggplant right here on the open flame. It's going to take about ten minutes and the skin is going to char as the eggplant cooks. Now, if you don't have a gas stove you can cook your eggplant in the oven. Just cut it in half and spread it with a little bit of olive oil and let it bake for about forty minutes at 400 degrees. But if you have a gas stove, this is really really fun. You just want to make sure you have a set of tongs and you want to turn your eggplant about every minute or so. Now, the skin is going to char and you're going to see some juice drip out of the eggplant. That's why this technique is a little bit dirty. But it's going to give the eggplant a really nice smoky rich flavor. Here's an eggplant that I cooked off earlier. I gave it time to cool so it was cool enough to handle and I can pull off the charred skin. Now the skin got charred, but the flesh inside just tastes nice and smoky. It doesn't have a burnt flavor. Try and get most of the skin off. If you have a few pieces still on there, that's fine. Now, I'm going to put the eggplant into my food processor, just like this. Just smush it down in there. Now, there are different versions of baba ganoush all throughout the middle east and down the Mediterranean. This is my version. I'm going to add some tahini, that's sesame seed paste. It gives the mix a nice richness and a little bit of a bitter flavor. I'm going to add some lemon juice to brighten it up, amount of good enough garlic. Raw garlic is always good. If you're a real garlic freak, add a whole lot. But if you want people to have nice smelling breath, after they eat this, go easy. I'll add some salt, a little bit of freshly ground pepper and some olive oil. So, now I'm just going to puree this in the food processor until it's smooth. OK. This looks beautiful. I'm going to garnish it with a little bit of chopped parsley for color and then a little bit of smoked paprika for some more smoky flavor and a beautiful red garnish. Now, you can serve this with some pita bread, any kind of flat bread, or with some thinly sliced vegetables. I sliced up some carrots. These will make a perfect chip. Mm.. that looks great. Mm.. super simple, super fresh, wonderful smoky flavor. Thanks for joining me. I'm Louisa Shafia. See you next time on eHow.com.

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