Baba Gannoujh -- Middle Eastern Eggplant Spread

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a delicious and very simple recipe if prepared in a food processor or blender. A wonderful spread to serve with pita bread, kalamata olives, feta, and tomatoes. This recipe calls for Japanese eggplant, which can be used whole without peeling or draining...more vitamins, less hassle! If you can only find "regular" eggplant (the large, very dark purple, almost black kind), I recommend you prepare it first by lightly salting and draining it for 30 minutes or so to remove bitterness prior to roasting. You may also wish to remove the skin as a matter of personal preference.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and prepare a baking dish that will accommodate the eggplant with cooking spray.
  2. Halve each eggplant lengthwise, sprinkle with salt, and place cut side down in the baking dish; spray skin with cooking spray, then roast until tender when pierced, about 20-25 minutes.
  3. Place all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor fitted with the steel blade, and blend until smooth.
Most Helpful

I served the Baba Gnanouj with seaweed rice crackers and also plain small crackers asa pre luncheon appetizer - They loved it! Especially on the rice crackers. This is a definite do again recipe.

Bergy May 05, 2008

Delicious, thanks.

tatumis January 21, 2006

Excellent just as written but I have to admit to adding 3T more tahini just because I'm addicted. This is a particularly nice-looking Baba Ghanouj. It's a delicate light green due to the added fresh herbs, not the usual grey. Yum.

sugarpea September 25, 2004