Chef Johns Baba Ghanoush Recipe

  • 4 large Italian eggplants
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, juiced, or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons tahini, or more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 leaf fresh mint, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Prick the surface of the skin of eggplants several times with the tip of a knife.
  2. Place eggplants directly on grill. Turn frequently with tongs while skin chars. Cook until eggplants have collapsed and are very soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow to cool, about 15 minutes.
  3. When eggplants are cool enough to handle, split them in half and scrape flesh into a colander placed over a bowl. Drain 5 or 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer eggplant to mixing bowl. Add crushed garlic and salt; mash until creamy but with a little texture, about 5 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, and cayenne pepper. Stir in yogurt.
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, 3 or 4 hours. Taste to adjust seasonings. Stir in mint and parsley.