Spicy Grilled Garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }You know how you grew up eating pizza and fries, well I grew up eating things like baba ghanoush, falafel, and hummus (although I did have my share of pizza over the years!).  As a child I was not a huge fan of authentic middle eastern food, but over the past several years I have developed an obsession with it. I love making all kinds of middle eastern foods and I just love to add my own spin on the recipes.

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }   Baba ghanoush is a traditional middle eastern eggplant dipped that is served with pita bread as a dip or be eaten as a sandwich. This is the kind of dip that you can really play around with and add just about anything ( okay well not anything) you want. This recipe is very spicy and zesty.Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }I sliced the eggplant and grilled them in light olive oil. I also added 3 cloves of sliced garlic because grilled garlic is amazing!

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }After grilling the eggplant and garlic I removed most of the skin and left some because it gives the dip a nice texture. I then added 1 teaspoon of  crushed red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons of tahini paste. Tahini is basically sesame paste and can be found at just about any grocery store.  If you do not want a spicy dip, you can omit the red pepper flakes.

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }

Traditionally, lemon is used for this dip but I decided to use lime because I love the zesty flavor that it adds. You do not need a food processor but you can use one if you are aiming for a more creamier texture. Now you mix all of the ingredients with a fork until they are well combined and top with olive oil. serve with pita bread, carrots and celery, or anything you want really.

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }

Spicy grilled garlic Lime Baba Ghanoush { Eggplant Dip }

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Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 3 cloves sliced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (or lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. pour 1 tsp olive oil onto a hot griddle or pan.
  2. slice the eggplant into thin slices and place in the pan.Grill for 5 minutes and flip.
  3. Add the sliced garlic and allow the eggplant and garlic to cook for another 4-5 minutes until the eggplant is well done and soft. Remove from heat and place in a small bowl.
  4. Remove the skin off the edges of the eggplant. Add 2 tablespoons tahini sauce, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 tsp salt, ¼ teaspoon back pepper, and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Mix with a fork or blend in a food processor until everything is well combined and creamy.
  5. Top with olive oil and serve cold or warm.
  6. Can be stored in fridge for up to 1 week.

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