Searching for a new and healthy dip to enjoy?
Make our beyond delicious baba ghanoush hummus!
Our fresh recipe is inspired by baba ghanoush, a smooth and creamy eggplant dish. We combine all the classic flavors of hummus you love with perfectly roasted eggplant and garlic cloves.
The best of both worlds.
For even more flavor, you have the option of adding of tahini paste. This toasted sesame seed puree is a common ingredient in many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. With this strongly flavored condiment, a few tablespoons are all you need.
Avoiding beans? Save the FODMAP flatulence for another time – simply leave out the canned chickpeas to make a more traditional baba ghanoush.
Rev those food processor engines, and make our easy dip below.
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prep
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a half sheet pan.
Set out and measure all of the ingredients needed.
Juice the lemon, discarding the seeds.
Drain one can of garbanzo beans. Leave the liquid in the other can.
We recommend using smoked paprika, as it gives the dip a more robust flavor. If smoked is unavailable, use an equal amount of regular paprika.
Step 2 – Roast
Place both the eggplant slices and garlic on the prepared sheet pan, with the skins facing down.
Liberally salt and drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over the sliced eggplants and garlic. Wrap the top of the pan in aluminum foil.
Roast in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until they are very soft. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Step 3 – Puree the Roasted Veggies
Once the eggplants and garlic have cooled, use a spoon to scoop the flesh from the eggplant skin. Transfer the flesh into a food processor or high-quality blender, and discard the skin. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the food processor.
Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon juice, and paprika.
Blend the ingredients until very smooth.
Step 4 – Puree the Chickpeas
To the same food processor, add the one can of drained garbanzo beans, and the other can of garbanzo beans with the liquid.
Thoroughly blend everything together until thick and smooth. It should have a similar consistency as hummus.
Add more olive oil if the spread is too thick. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste.
Optional: add the tahini paste and blend.
Step 5 – Garnish and Serve
Garnish with chopped parsley and a small drizzle of olive oil. Serve with your favorite crudite and chips.
Eggplant + Chickpeas = PERFECT
Enjoy the tasty combo of baba ghanoush and hummus. Why settle with just one? The more the merrier!
Roasted eggplant, garlic, and smoked paprika all contribute huge flavor boosts when mixed with garbanzos and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a full-time cheesemonger and specialty foods buyer living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.