Eggplant Dip, sometimes called Baba Ganouche, has a great texture with a tangy, lemony, seasoned taste that is mellowed with pita bread. This recipe is taken from the book The Healthy Kitchen by Andrew Weil, M.D. and Rosie Daley who is the author of the bestselling cookbook, In the Kitchen with Rosie. She was Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef and her cookbook has become a classic.
1 eggplant (1 ½ pounds)
½ medium onion, grated or finely chopped
2 Tablespoons capers
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ Cup olive oil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt or to taste
¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tomato, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Set the eggplant on a baking pan or dish and pierce it a few times with a knife. Bake it until it becomes soft, about 30 minutes; it should pierce easily with a fork. Remove it from the oven and let cool. When completely cooled, peel the skin off and put the flesh into a blender or food processor. Add the onions, capers, and lemon juice. Turn on the machine, and then gradually add the olive oil. Continue to blend until the eggplant is smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the oregano, salt, pepper, and vinegar.
Warm the pitas briefly on a baking sheet then cut each of them into 8 wedges. Arrange them on a plate or platter. Just before serving, stir the tomato and parsley into the dip. Makes 32 (4 wedges per person).
Calories per serving = 169.3
Fat = 7.36 grams
Protein = 3.8 grams
Carbohydrate = 23.1 grams
Cholesterol = 0 mg
Fiber = 2.7 grams