There’s this place in Charlotte called Le Kebab Grill that Justin and I used to make fun of all the time because it was a hole-in-the-wall that used three languages in its name. One day we decided to try it, since we made fun of it so often, and it actually ended up being this wonderful Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar that was not only delicious but also supremely cheap.
That was the first time I tried baba ganoush- and I fell in love. I love eggplant anything anyway, so it’s no surprise, but whenever I go there I always order the baba ganoush with whatever else I’m eating at the time.
This summer I wanted some, and I had to cook everything on the grill because our AC was out, so I decided to try my hand with this recipe by The Pioneer Woman, along with lamb kabobs.
So basically you just put plain eggplants- no prep at all- on the grill and let them roast until they shrivel.
This is halfway through:
While that was cooking, I took the marinated lamb (just regular things, like parsley, olive oil, onions, salt and pepper, lemon juice, and honey) and skewered it with onions.
When the eggplants are good and shriveled, you messily remove all of their insides into a bowl, throw in some parsley, tahini, salt and pepper, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, and mix it all together. Because we have an emulsifier, I used that instead of the usual fork.
While you do that, put your skewers on the grill…
and wait. Or eat all of your baba ganoush. Your choice!
I also grilled lemons to sprinkle on top- mainly because I had extra lemons and needed to use them, but also because they added such a happy pop of color every time I went out to flip the skewers 🙂
Anyway, it was super delicious and easy and you can’t really mess it up unless you entirely forget about it on the grill (which, in my defense, I have done countless times with burgers).
Your baba ganoush is great warm, cold, new, or old, so naturally I ate it for breakfast the next day. It’s great with pita, vegetables, or just with a spoon in general.
I also finished reading The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, which I highly recommend. It’s a short read but a great account of her life as she transitions from slave to free woman. I also unabashedly wore this dress three days in a row. Because sunflowers.