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Baba Ghanouj / Ganoush

This baba ghanouj is made with aubergine, pomegranate, walnuts, and tomatoes. It's a bright, refreshing salad that belongs on every mezze table.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Mezze, Side Dish
Cuisine: Lebanese, Levantine, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Palestinian, Syrian
Keyword: aubergine, baba ganoush, baba ghanouj, eggplant, lebanese, mezze, pomegranate, pomegranate molasses, roasted eggplant, syrian, vegan, walnuts
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Elegant Economist

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggplants / aubergines
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for serving plus 2-3 tsp for coating aubergine
  • 2-4 tsp salt, for 'sweating' the eggplant
  • 2-3 drops liquid smoke (if needed)
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp Aleppo pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or 2 tsp toum)
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • parsley and pomegranate arils, to serve

Instructions

Sweat the Aubergine / Eggplant:

  • Cut each aubergine lengthwise, and salt the cut side liberally. Let rest for thirty minutes, then rinse off salt and any juices that have leaked out.

Cook the Aubergine / Eggplant:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Place aubergine on a foil-lined baking sheet cut side up. Season with a drizzle of olive oil, and salt. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Turn on your broiler and turn over the aubergines, skin side up. Place close to the broiler and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until skins are charred. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes or so. Check smokiness - and if it needs extra, add a few drops of liquid smoke to taste.

Toast the Walnuts:

  • In a dry pan, over medium heat toast the walnuts until lightly brown and fragrant. Remove, cool, and finely chop. Reserve a half Tbsp or so for garnish.

Make the Baba Ghanouj:

  • Chop your aubergine to the desired chunkiness. Chop your tomatoes and add to the bowl. Add your walnuts, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, smoked paprika, Aleppo pepper, garlic (or toum), salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly and taste - adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Place on a plate and form a slight 'well' in the center. Pour in a little olive oil and garnish with parsley, pomegranate arils, and reserved walnuts. If desired, sprinkle with a little dried harissa or Aleppo pepper for spice.

Notes

This will feed 4-6 as part of a mezze.
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