Easy Baba Ganoush Recipe with Homemade Pita Chips

– Hey, guys, today I’m gonna show you how to make a quick
and easy baba ghanoush. And not to worry, you do not need to sit in front of your cooktop
roasting that eggplant. I’m gonna show you how to put
it in the broiler instead. It’s 10 times easier and 10 times quicker. Let me show you how to do it. So we’re first gonna begin
with a large eggplant. You wanna cut it in half. And then on the flesh side,
you’re going to take a knife and just create some diagonal lines going in opposing direction, and that will create a
little crosshatch pattern. Then you wanna drizzle that
flesh side with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then you’re gonna take your eggplants and put them on a baking
sheet flesh side down. And then we’re gonna pop
them under the broiler for 15 minutes. Now, the trick with this is really to rotate the eggplant
every five minutes or so so that they’re getting
equally charred on all sides. And you’ll know when they’re done when the eggplant skin starts
to come apart from the flesh and when you touch it, the
eggplant feels really mushy. That’s when you wanna take ’em out. And then once they are cool,
you can remove that skin. Then you’re gonna take
the flesh of the eggplant and put it in a food processor, and then you’re gonna
add one clove of garlic. I do think it’s important
to mince the garlic before you put it in the food processor. The lazy me sometimes
would just take the cloves and pop them in there, but I would find that it didn’t
really mince up very well if you really wanna distribute
that flavor throughout. And then we’re also
gonna add two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, add
1/2 a teaspoon of salt, and one tablespoon of fresh parsley. Then you can pulse that up. And I like to take it
just where it’s blended but not too pureed, ’cause I like a baba ghanoush
that is a little bit chunky. Then you can transfer
this mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate
until ready to serve. Okay, now for the pita chips. I think it is well worth the effort to make your own pita chips. You will be surprised at how
much more delicious they are. So you’re gonna take three pitas, and I find the thinner
pita works a bit better than the thicker pita, just because they’ll end up
crisping up a bit quicker and they look a little bit more elegant. And we’re gonna cut them in quarters and then cut them in eighths,
and that’s all you have to do. And then you’ll end up
with a bunch of triangles. And then what I like to do is go in there and separate the pita, and then you’ll have nice crunchy chips as opposed to two-ply tough chips. Then you’re gonna put all
your little pita triangles in a large bowl, drizzle with
a tablespoon of olive oil, and then just season to
taste with salt and pepper, and then I think the secret ingredient is to add 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground cumin. There’s a really great
earthy flavor to cumin that pairs really well with the smokiness of the baba ghanoush. So go ahead and add that
and give it a good toss. Now, at this stage you
have two ways to go. You can either spread
this out on a baking sheet and pop in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. And you will wanna rotate it midway just to make sure those pitas are
getting browned on all sides. Or from you have an air fryer, homemade pita chips are the
best thing to make in them because it is so easy and so quick. You set it for about six minutes. Check it at that point, give it a shake, and if you want them a
little bit more browned, you go another two minutes. Then the next thing you wanna
do is take some pine nuts, about a tablespoon, and
put them in a dry skillet and just toast them a little bit until they start to turn golden brown. We’re gonna use these
pine nuts as a garnish on top of our baba ghanoush
when we plate it up. And then to serve, I like
to transfer my baba ghanoush into a bowl and then top
with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle on those pine nuts, and then add a little
sprinkle of fresh parsley. And you will see you will have one delicious appetizer ready for you. Now, if you’d like to learn how to make some homemade hummus, which would be a great
companion dip to this, you can click the end card here. And if you wanna learn how to make some delicious chicken
brochettes with grilled zucchini, you can click that end card there. All right, you guys, I will see
you back here next Saturday. Until then, be sure to subscribe for more quick and easy recipes.

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