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Chef John’s Baba Ghanoush

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Chef John’s Baba Ghanoush



Ingredients :

  • 4 large Italian eggplants
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced, or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tahini, or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 leaf fresh mint, minced (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Methods :

  • Step 1

    Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Prick the surface of the skin of eggplants several times with the tip of a knife.

  • Step 2

    Place eggplants directly on grill. Turn frequently with tongs while skin chars. Cook until eggplants have collapsed and are very soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow to cool, about 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    When eggplants are cool enough to handle, split them in half and scrape flesh into a colander placed over a bowl. Drain 5 or 10 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Transfer eggplant to mixing bowl. Add crushed garlic and salt; mash until creamy but with a little texture, about 5 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, and cayenne pepper. Stir in yogurt.

  • Step 5

    Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, 3 or 4 hours. Taste to adjust seasonings. Stir in mint and parsley.

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