Servings: six to eight.
The most important part of this dish is roasting the eggplant. You can do this on a gas stove-it makes a mess, but the flavor can’t be beat. Other options are on a grill, under a broiler, or in a hot oven. The oven is least preferable because it can’t give the eggplant the desired slightly charred flavor.
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This is now a staple in my home, I'll be making this for the rest of my life. Indescribably delicious, an addictive roasty-toasty flavor that goes with everything! I used young thin eggplant over a gas stove (with a wide mesh screen) with no mess, no drips, muss or fuss - charred to perfection, scooped out nicely afterward.
I'm in Vietnam (no lemons) so I used squeezed fresh lime instead. Afterward I blended in more garlic, a tsp. of scallions, a dash of sugar and red chili powder. Note: It was already AMAZING without all that, but it gave it some great additional depth and pop. Goes great with cilantro as a garnish.
Followed the recipe exactly including charring eggplant on top of the gas stove, which wasn't that messy at all! Turned out to be the best fricking Baba Ghanouj I've tasted!!I give it a well deserved 5-star rating!
Positively Awesome! Very simple and gets rave reviews. People will tell you its better than that restaurant down the street. I grilled the eggplant on a gas grill....easy, can walk away from it and do other tasks.
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