baba ghanoush….eggplant with tahini

23rd July 2009

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imagine…

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from this beauty, this blossom, an eggplant will be born…

baba ghanoush – eggplant with tahini

This dish is a combination of two strong flavours: the smoky one of the aubergines, and the strong taste of tahini sharpened by lemon.  This is a dish made entirely on taste.  To cook the eggplant, I cook it over the stove-top gas flame.  Use a wire rack over the flame to keep the eggplant from being too close (If you don’t have a gas stove, blacken under the broiler/grill).  Cooking it directly over the flame gives it a deep and smoky flavour that you would not get when grilling.

ingredients :

1 large eggplant

½ cup good quality tahini paste

juice of one lemon, or less to taste

salt

a handful of finely chopped fresh parsley or coriander

preparation :

Cook the aubergine over a gas flame until it is blistering and black, and the flesh feels soft and juicy.  Put on a rack and rotate every 5-7 minutes.  This usually takes 20-30 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly and peel away the charcoal skin.

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Place the aubergine flesh in a bowl.  Allow it to sit for a few minutes to allow the juice to leak out and drain away.  This liquid is rather bitter, so discard it.  Mash flesh with a fork, add the lemon juice, tahini, and salt.  Taste and add more salt, lemon juice, or tahini if you think necessary.  Add the fresh parsley or coriander.  Drizzle the top generously with olive oil and sprinkle with hot paprika.  Serve with fresh sourdough bread or chunky vegetables to scoop up the aubergine.

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Goodness shared from Stacey

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