Use this popular Middle-Eastern dish as a dip or spread. Serve with pita bread or use on a sandwich in place of mayonnaise. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and has a peanut butter like texture. Look for tahini near peanut butter or in the ethnic food section of the grocery store.
- Fruits and Veggies Matter, Adult Recipe Cards by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public domain government resource—original source of recipe
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Serves: 8
- 2 large eggplants (1¼ lbs)
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice or more to taste
- 4 tbsp cold water
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tsp olive oil
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- ½ cup diced onion
- parsley sprigs to garnish (optional)
- Pierce the eggplants in several places with a toothpick or fork. Wrap each eggplant in aluminum foil and place on a gas grill or in the oven at 500°F.
- Cook until the eggplants collapse and begin to release a lot of steam, about 10–15 minutes. Remove the foil and place the eggplants into a bowl of cold water.
- Peel while eggplants are still hot and allow them to drain in a colander until cool. Squeeze pulp to remove any bitter juices and mash the eggplant to a puree.
- In a food processor, mix tahini, garlic, onion, tomato, lemon juice, and water until mixture is concentrated.
- With the blender running, add the peeled eggplant, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Serve in a shallow dish and garnish with black pepper, tomatoes, and parsley.