Baba Ghanoush: An Appetizing Appetizer

Baba Ghanoush: An Appetizing Appetizer

The culinary world is as diverse and unique as the nations where the dishes originate from. It carries the traditions and flavors from various places and puts it conveniently on a plate. Delicacies from the Middle East, such as  tahini, tabouli, and hummus, are some of the most interesting ones. Today, we’ll talk about yet another Levantine dish – baba ghanoush, an appetizing appetizer.

What is Baba Ghanoush?

Baba ghanoush, also known as baba ghanouj or baba ganoush, is taking both fine dining and home settings by storm. It is widely recognized as a dish mainly made of mashed, cooked eggplant combined with several seasonings, tahini, and olive oil.

Baba ghanoush is a delicacy that has a distinct smoky taste. The ideal serving of this dish is as a cold or room temperature spread and it goes incredibly well with pita bread. Although, some enjoy it on it’s own, and that’s absolutely fine!

How to Prepare Baba Ghanoush at Home

You don’t have to go to a restaurant or visit the grocery in order to enjoy a piece of heaven that is baba ghanoush. You just need a few ingredients and you can easily whip up this Levantine dish at home! This includes the following:

– One large eggplant

– Garlic cloves

– Pinch ground cumin

– Olive oil

– Brine-cured black olives

– Tahini

– Fresh lemon juice

– Flat-leaf parsley

– Salt to taste

Baba Ghanoush and Veggies - For the Love of HummusAs far as cooking necessities, begin preparing a charcoal grill and an oven. The first step is to grill the eggplant until the outer skin turns black and you see a soft flesh, which is usually done within 10 to 15 minutes. After which, bake it in the oven for around 15-20 minutes until very soft.

Once that’s done, allow the eggplant to cool a bit and then peel the skin. Mash the eggplant in a bowl and then mix the other ingredients together, with variations in salt, lemon juice, and tahini according to your taste. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle some parsley, put some olives on the sides for presentation, and voila! Enjoy!

The Battle Between Baba Ghanoush and Hummus

As far as nutritional value is concerned, baba ghanoush and hummus are often compared with each other. So which one is better? It really depends on what you need.

When talking about similarities, both hummus and baba ghanoush have no cholesterol content. As a matter of fact, they both contain unsaturated fats, which are instrumental to cardiovascular health through low cholesterol levels and decreased inflammation.

When talking about differences, baba ghanoush has more potassium content, which is essential to regular heartbeat and optimal nerve and muscle function. On the other hand, hummus has more B-vitamin content for energy and lesser risks of cardiovascular problems. Either way, both are good for you.

So, ready to whip up a healthy dish of baba ghanoush? You know you want to try it!

Baba Ghanoush - An Appetizing Appetizer - For the Love of Hummus

Pesto Hummus Recipe

Pesto Hummus Recipe

This Pesto Hummus Recipe will quickly become your go-to favorite dip for years to come. Pesto is always a favorite and is even loved by children. A super healthy and fresh taste, pesto will give your dip some zing and that beautiful green colour always puts me in a great mood!

Pesto is Great

Pesto tastes great all the time but goes particularly well on pasta, bread or crackers. You can add it any type of sandwich, but it works super well on a chicken sandwich. Pesto can be homemade or those in a bottle available at the grocery stores. Luckily it’s easy to make vegan pesto and adding nutritional yeast to make it so delicious and healthy. Let’s do something new, what about making a pesto hummus for snack?

Hummus and pesto is a kind of new thing but most people are into it already. Consider it a good combination when making a dip for bread sticks and spread for crackers as well as the usual flat breads. If you are among those who love pesto and hummus, it’s now time to put them together in one yummy and healthy recipe.

Ingredients:

Pestopesto
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1 cup fresh basil
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup cashews
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
salt and black pepper to taste

Hummus
1 can of chickpeas
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
salt to taste

Method:

  1. Set aside 1-2 tbsp of chickpeas for decorations (optional)
  2. Place all the remaining hummus ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Observe the mixture, you may need to add a little amount of water if it’s too thick.
  4. Taste and adjust depending on your preference. Set it aside.
  5. Similar to the first few steps, put all the pesto ingredients into a food processor and run until smooth.
  6. Get a serving dish. Combine the hummus and pesto top it with the remaining chickpeas. You can add salt to taste and even chili powder.

Now, that you successfully made a yummy a pesto humus, you can share this recipe to your friends who love to try new hummus recipe. Enjoy it with pita bread!

pesto hummus recipe - for the love of hummus