homemade babaganoush for cheaters.

I love a good dip, don't you? :) 

A super quick post today to share the simplest babaganoush recipe ever -- so simple [and untraditional, in fact] that I worry a little about what the babaganoush purists might say.

But here we are! I won't let the secret out if you won't. Just make this and let me know what you think!

Babaganoush is traditionally made with smoked eggplant, a plethora of spices and tahini. I don't have a smoker in my Manhattan apartment [I wonder what the Super would think about that, though... he might ask to borrow it. Something to consider... anyways!] No smoker, just one regular sized stove and a generally overstocked produce drawer in the fridge. Perfect for this recipe!

Here's how to do it:

Grab one eggplant. A spoonful of olive oil. Some tamari. A touch of balsamic vinegar. Cumin. Salt. Tahini. A frying pan. A spatula. A food processor.

eggplant babaganoush from above

Heat your oil in your pan over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and sautee 1-2 minutes until slightly softened. Turn the heat down and add tamari and balsamic vinegar. Continue to sautee until all pieces are evenly coated and a little browned. Remove from heat and transfer to the food processor. Add tahini and spices. Blend.

eggplant babaganoush close up

Serve!

With the addition of olives, if you like them, this can be a little like a tapenade; otherwise, it's the perfect accompaniment to anything grilled or a pile of crudités. Portable lunch and snack, anyone?

Next time, we'll try the smoker. ;) 

Have a good one!

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homemade babaganoush for cheaters
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A quick version of a smoked Mediterranean eggplant dip.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 medium eggplant
  2. 2 tbsp olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp tamari
  4. 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  5. 1/3 cup tahini
  6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  7. 1/4 tsp cumin
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat oil over medium heat.
  2. 2. Add eggplant, tamari, and balsamic vinegar. Sautee until softened and slightly browned.
  3. 3. Transfer eggplant to food processor. Add spices and tahini. Blend.
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