Tuesday, November 13, 2007

the ganoush

I like being right. No, I love being right.

Sometimes, Mony has preconceived notions about certain foods. Eggplant, for example. He will tell anyone and everyone that he dislikes eggplant. But he doesn't. He just thinks he does.

This past summer we've had eggplant parmesan, grilled eggplant, stuffed eggplant, etc. and each time he's happily eaten it all. Yet, ask him today if he likes eggplant, and more than likely he will say no.

Take this recipe for baba ganoush as a prime example...

I love baba ganoush and always wanted to try making it on my own. When I told Mony what I was making, I heard the usual eggplant complaints. Of course I didn't listen and went ahead with my plans. I roasted the eggplant, scooped it out, mashed it up with other tasty ingredients and was left with a delicious, creamy dip.

Baba Ganoush

1 large eggplant
2 Tbs. tahini
juice of 1 lemon
4 Tbs. olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
5 Tbs. plain yogurt
fresh pepper (to taste)
sea salt (to taste)

Poke holes in the eggplant (this is very important) and oven roast until very soft – about 2o minutes, depending on the size of your eggplant.
Once cooked and cool enough to handle, scoop out the meat from the eggplant, leaving the purple skin behind.
Mash with a fork and add remaining ingredients.

Garnish with a swirl of olive oil and a dash of paprika.
If you have a gas stove, I would roast the eggplant on an open flame to get that smoky flavor.

And finally what you've been waiting for...

Of course He loved it.


hannehanne said...

Wow, that looks deliciously creamy. I've never tried making baba ganoush before, but this post is going a long way to convince me I should.

ima said...

I know......Mony makes fun of Kenny that sais ....I DON'T LIKE THIS ...AND THAT ..... and than he tries it and ends up loving it !
My boys are so funny ......It looks delicious !

blondee47 said...

where have u been...have i been so busy i missed ur posts or have u been so busy....

mony said...

I must admit, although I continue to complain about eggplant, I won't turn down another dish. this was better than any store-bought dip I've ever had.

Annie Ruok said...

Looks extremely delicious - your dips always impress me! Guys really don't even know what they like, do they? Don't u love it when they ask u "honey, do I like this?" - and they still don't believe your answer!!!

Hillary said...

You make it sound SO easy and delicious! :) Glad Mony liked it.