Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush

Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush

Roasted garlic baba ganoush is one of my favorite dips. The traditional baba ganoush ingredients are eggplant, tahini, garlic and lemon. This is another recipe that is gluten-free and paleo-friendly without modification. The only change I made was to roast the garlic. I prefer the sweeter, milder flavor of the roasted garlic in this recipe. And of course I swap out the traditional pita bread and serve it with sliced cumber rounds and red pepper slices as dippers.

This recipe is very easy. It just takes a little planning ahead to roast the eggplant and garlic. Put the vegetables in the oven at least an hour before you want to make the dip. A little earlier is even better. That way you can let the eggplant and garlic cool a bit before peeling. I usually peel the eggplant right into the food processor. I squeeze the garlic and lemon straight in as well. I have to admit I don’t usually measure when making baba ganoush. It’s very forgiving and tasting the puree will let you know if you have the seasonings correct. You’re looking for a good balance of all the flavors.

Roasted Garlic Baba Ganoush

Ingredients

  • 1 small head garlic
  • 2 medium eggplant
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1-1/2 to 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the top off the head of garlic. Place on a sheet of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap tightly in foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet with the eggplants.
  3. Roast the vegetables for about 45 minutes, until the eggplants are collapsed and the garlic is completely soft.
  4. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise and place in a colander to cool and drain. Open the garlic packet to cool.
  5. Peel the eggplants and squeeze the flesh from the garlic head. Place all ingredients in the food processor and pulse to desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings.
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Comments

    • says

      It can be served warm right after you make it, or at room temperature. If you refrigerate it, it’s best to let it come to room temperature before serving.

    • says

      I’m not sure what might have happened – but sometimes larger or older eggplants will have a lot of brown seeds. If I happen to get one of these, I’ll remove some of the layers of seeds before pureeing the eggplant.

  1. Christy says

    I made this last night, and it is soooo delicious! The only thing I changed was cashew butter for the tahini. I’d like to say it was to cut down on the PUFAs, but honestly, my tahini was bad! It ended up doing a great job with the consistency and had great flavor. Thanks for sharing!

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