The Perfect Smoky Baba Ghanouj, served in roasted red bell peppers Recipe

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The Perfect Smoky Baba Ghanouj, served in roasted red bell peppers
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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take 4 eggplants of medium size.
  3. Chop off the hard top 1 of each eggplant, and then cut each eggplant in half.
  4. For each half, score the inside flesh- i. e. cut deep incisions 1/2 apart, lengthwise and widthwise
  5. Cut deep incisions 1/2 apart, lengthwise and widthwise.
  6. Then turn the half over, and make several deep punctures in the skin of the eggplant.
  7. When finished, place the halves with the inner flesh facing upwards on a baking sheet (or two), and bake for 1 hour.
  8. I suggest keeping a window open during this time.
  9. After the eggplants have baked for an hour, take them out of the oven, and cut each half into six to eight large chunks.
  10. Then put all the chunks into a blender, and blend to as smooth a consistency as possible.
  11. Next add the following ingredients: 6 tablespoons of tahini (sesame paste), 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of fresh finely chopped cilantro, 2 tbs dark sesame oil.
  12. Blend again,'til you have a paste-like consistency.
  13. At this point, start tasting the baba ghanouj.
  14. The tahini gives a smooth texture and creamy taste.
  15. The lemon juice naturally makes the mixture tarter and wetter; so they balance each other out.
  16. If one seems to be dominating the mixture excessively, add a bit more of the other.
  17. The sesame oil adds moisture; you may want more or less of this.
  18. Here are some other ingredients I added and blent in, to achieve balance: 1 tomato (adds moisture and richness, without the calories of the oil; also makes it less smoky); 1-2 tbs soy sauce (adds saltiness) (go slowly with this; it's a strong flavor).
  19. So, taste it as you go and see what it needs.
  20. If you follow the amounts I've outlined here, you'll end up with something that tastes good.
  21. Next (or simultaneously while mixing): Cut the 4 red bell peppers in half, and place skin-side up under broiler for 10-15 min, until skin is half red, half black.
  22. Remove from oven.
  23. When cool enough to handle, place the red bell pepper halves skin-side-down on serving plates, and spoon a few tablespoons of baba ghanouj atop each.
  24. Garnish each with a sprig of cilantro atop the baba ghanouj, for prettiness.
  25. There will likely be baba ghanouj left over, so get some pita bread to make sandwiches.
  26. Or, make sandwiches in the first place, by slicing the red bell peppers up and putting those with the baba ghanouj inside of pita.
  27. Enjoy!
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 174.13 Kcal (729 kJ)
Calories from fat 84.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.37g 14%
Sodium 200.32mg 8%
Potassium 693.26mg 15%
Total Carbs 20.41g 7%
Sugars 12.09g 48%
Dietary Fiber 8.38g 34%
Protein 4.74g 9%
Vitamin C 68.7mg 115%
Vitamin A 1.5mg 49%
Iron 25.7mg 143%
Calcium 42.3mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 50.82 Kcal (213 kJ)
Calories from fat 24.61 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.73g 14%
Sodium 58.47mg 8%
Potassium 202.34mg 15%
Total Carbs 5.96g 7%
Sugars 3.53g 48%
Dietary Fiber 2.44g 34%
Protein 1.38g 9%
Vitamin C 20.1mg 115%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 49%
Iron 7.5mg 143%
Calcium 12.4mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 3.5
  • 4

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • cholesterol free

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