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Baba Ghanoush

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 2 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 75
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 1.6 g
  • polyfat 2.5 g
  • protein 2.1 g
  • carbohydrate 6.7 g
  • fiber 2.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 277 mg
  • calcium 17 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Pierce eggplant several times with a fork; place on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until tender. Cut eggplant in half. Scoop out pulp; discard skins. Drain eggplant pulp in a colander for 30 minutes.

  3. Place pine nuts, cumin seeds, and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add eggplant, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, tahini, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to food processor. Process until smooth. Spoon eggplant mixture into a medium bowl; stir in parsley. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Dissatisfied with the baba ghanoush recipes she was finding, Karen Waldman decided to create her own. By combining mayonnaise and tahini, she tinkered, found her perfect combination, and even incorporated it into a Greek-themed Thanksgiving meal. The unique dinner was an instant hit with her family. She plans to explore another cuisine by making this year's holiday menu an Indian feast. "I find this part of cooking, the creativity, very rewarding, especially when it turns out tasty," she says.