Valentine’s Day Baba Ganoush

A bowl of baba ganoush, drizzled with olive oil and paprika. It sits surrounded by chopped vegetables and bread.

We have been eating a healthier diet in 2019. Substituting a lot of meat out of our daily recipes. Whilst we haven’t jumped fully on the vegan trend, we have learned so much about our food.

I have always loved hummus on everything. In fact I have it on most wraps, salads and sandwiches instead of mayo or salad dressings. I had never heard of Baba Ganoush until recently and I am totally hooked.

Vegan Valentine’s Day Recipe

With Valentine’s Day up ahead I thought why not turn one of my favorite “Baba Ganoush” snacks pink and share it with all of you. In popped “beets” in my head. It was sure to add some color as well as flavor. My husband hates beets but he loved this as the eggplant flavor really combine perfectly together. I even used a salsa spicy beetroot. It turned out better than expected. I think I will always add beetroot to it now.

A bowl of baba ganoush, drizzled with olive oil and paprika. It sits surrounded by chopped vegetables and bread.
A hand dipping a piece of cucumber into a bowl of baba ganoush, drizzled with olive oil and paprika. It sits surrounded by chopped vegetables and bread.
A bowl of baba ganoush, drizzled with olive oil and paprika. It sits surrounded by chopped vegetables and bread.

What’s your favorite snack? Do you have a dip or spread you like to make when friends and family come over to visit?

This is one for hosting parties for sure. Just make sure to pack the candy jar full of mints for everyone later. You might all be breathing garlic for a bit. But it’s worth it.

A bowl of baba ganoush, drizzled with olive oil and paprika. It sits surrounded by chopped vegetables and bread.

Valentine’s Day Baby Ganoush

smooth texture, garlic flavor perfect for dipping

Course Appetizer
Cuisine lebanese
Keyword eggplant, aubergine, baby ganoush, dips,
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants/aubergines medium
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed/minced
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice extra if desired
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil extra for topping
  • 2 Tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup spicy beetroot salsa
  • pinch hot paprika on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.

    Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Cut the eggplants/aubergines in half and brush cut side with oil and lay facing down on the parchment paper.

  2. Roast eggplants/aubergines for about 30-35 minutes until inside is tender and skin is collapsing.

    Set aside to cool.

    Flip eggplants/aubergines over and scoop out the flesh with a spoon, discarding the skins.

  3. Allow the flesh to drain in a mesh strainer over a mixing bowl. Take out any bits of skin and discard. Drain as much of the liquid you can out of the eggplant/aubergine flesh here so this may take a few minutes and stir to encourage more to drain off.

  4. Discard the drippings. Place eggplant/aubergines in a medium bowl. Add garlic, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and beetroot into a blender or smash together with a fork. If using blender only pulse a few times for a good mix.

  5. Stir in parsley and salt. Season with hot paprika, parsley, black pepper, and drizzle olive oil on top.

  6. Serving Suggestions:

    warmed or toasted pita bread, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, or for parties Doritos.

Check out my tips for having a family Valentine’s Day for more simple ideas for food and activities

A hand dipping a piece of bread into a bowl of baba ganoush, drizzled with olive oil and paprika. It sits surrounded by chopped vegetables and bread.
A bowl of baba ganoush, drizzled with olive oil and paprika. It sits surrounded by chopped vegetables and bread.

It is one that once you have tried it, you will start making your own alternatives and adding this or that. It’s great for parties too. Just place it next to the chip bowl and you will have some happy mouths.

Or for more of a daily use, try it on sandwiches, wraps and salads and ditch the mayo or salad dressing!!! Your taste buds will thank you. (and me I hope!).

Do You Eat Baba Ganoush Hot Or Cold?

Typically, baba ganoush is served at room temperature in the same way you would with hummus. It can be eat cold straight from the fridge if you prefer, or even used warm as a side dish for your main meal. There aren’t any rule! But usually it is room temperature.

Is Baba Ganoush Healthy?

As with all things, it’s not what you eat but how much you eat that counts. That said – baba ganoush is not bad for you. It is low in calories and high in fibre, as well as being packed with Omega-3 and fatty acids. It contains a high density of vitamins and minerals. Despite its similarities with hummus, you will find that baba ganoush is slightly healthier than hummus.

How To Store Baba Ganoush

If you don’t want to use all of the baba ganoush at once then you can place it in an air tight container and store it in the fridge for around 4 days. You can eat it straight from the fridge if you want, or take it out and allow it to come up to room temperature again before eating.

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