29 July 2008

Blender Baba

These two little eggplants were part of this week's CSA delivery. While they are rather cute, I didn't really know what to do with them since besides the Eggplant Rolatini I made a few months ago, neither Zach nor I particularly cares for eggplant. Then I saw a recipe for baba ganoush that Jenn posted at The Leftover Queen. The recipe stuck in my head even though I have always professed a dislike for baba ganoush and had never even contemplated making it before.

Since Zach and I are going out of town this weekend I needed to do something with the eggplants and since I have plenty of friends who do like eggplant spread, I decided to give it a try. Of course I forgot to write down Jenn's recipe and don't have internet at home, so I tried to make it from memory and I think it came out pretty well. Did I love it? No- but it was good, especially when I consider that it is chock full of vegetable and low in fat and I think my friends will like it at wine night tonight.

Blender Baba Ganoush
Makes about 2 cups
Inspired by The Leftover Queen

2 tiny eggplants, or the equivalent, cut into thick slices
1 T. tahini paste
1/3 C. lowfat plain yogurt
1/4 C. olive oil, plus additional for brushing
1 clove garlic
juice from 1/2 a lemon or lime (whatever you've got)
salt and pepper to taste

- Heat grill or grill pan to high. Brush eggplant lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on both sides till soft and well grill marked.

- Add remaining ingredients to blender and pulse a few times. Roughly chop eggplant and add to blender pulsing till the mixture is smooth.

- Serve with pita or crackers.


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yum! I like that you grilled your eggplants ! I wish I had a grill...I am sure your friends will enjoy it and I am glad that you kinda liked it! ;)

Neen said...

Alright, so you didn't love it... why not? What can be done to improve it? I'm currently engaged in a battle-to-the-death with eggplant: I'm convinced they have no flavor and want to be proven wrong. Tried an eggplant soup last week that tasted of everything but eggplant, so maybe grilling is the way to go...?

Dee said...

Yum, I love baba ghanoush! But I just mash it with a fork - saves on washing up :)

kittie said...

Ooo - another baba-dissenter!! I tried babaganoush for the first time last week, and was really disappointed! I love everything in it - but the finished product just didn't excite me... :(

Not bad - just not as good as I'd hoped!

Jen said...

Thanks everyone for the comments:

Neen - I think what I don't like about it is the actually eggplant flavor. The smokiness is good, the tahini is good, the tartness from the yogurt and citrus is good, but I'm just not a huge fan of eggplant.

Dee- I wish I had thought of that- lately everything I've made has made a huge mess in the kitchen.

Kittie- it is strange how that happens, isn't it? I think I'm going to have to find some other use for eggplants next time we get them.