In another effort to show that grilling doesn’t have to always be ribs, brisket, or steaks, cousin Tom is offering up another vegetarian, dare I say, vegan dish. That doesn’t happen very often around here. For those of you looking to shake things up around the grill, why not give this a shot. I’ll hand it over to Tom for the rest of the process…
We went to dinner with our sister and brother-in-law from the middle-east who were very excited to see something called Baba Ganoush on the menu. This is a dish typically served in the middle east as a spread or dip and is sometimes referred to as eggplant salad.
It was delicious and we thought that roasting the vegetables on the grill could add to the depth of flavors – and we were right! The smoky grilled onions, peppers and eggplant really took this dish to the next level. Our guests, who previously had this served in middle east, LOVED it and so did everyone else who never had eggplant dip or baba ganoush previously.
6 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
3 small sweet red peppers
4 tbsp tahini (which is sesame paste used mainly in hummus)
4 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper – 1/2 tsp each or to taste
Cut a slit in each eggplant and stuff sliced garlic cloves inside:
Set up the Big Green Egg for direct grilling over medium heat (ours was between 300 and 350).
Place eggplants, onion and peppers on grill and cook approximately two hours, turning vegetables every 30 minutes:
When done, the vegetables should be charred and tender:
Remove vegetables from grill and let rest until cool:
Peel the skin from the eggplant:
Then place the eggplant along with garlic into the bowl of the food processor. Peel onion and add to bowl. Remove stem from peppers and add to food processor:
Add tahini, olive, salt and pepper to bowl and process until smooth and well blended.
Transfer to serving dish and drizzle with olive oil.
Grill tortillas until crisp, remove from grill and cut into triangles:
Serve warm with eggplant dip:
If you have any questions about the Grilled Eggplant Dip, feel free to ask it below or shoot me an email.