I came across a recipe for Baba Ganoush recently which is an Eggplant spread that can be made very hummus-like. My family eats hummus by the spoonful so I thought I'd give it a shot!
Making hummus is not hard to do, though does require the purchase of a specialty ingredient, Tahini, that can be expensive. But, it only take 2-3 tablespoon per batch of hummus, so your jar will last forever! It can be found in various places in the grocery store. Sometimes in the Mediterranean cooking section, sometimes by the peanut butter, and sometimes in the natural foods section. Be sure to check the label because several brands are cross-contaminated with peanuts or tree nuts.
To me, this recipe tasted pretty much like hummus and no one would have guessed that eggplant was a primary ingredient. Use it as a spread on sandwiches or as a dip with crackers, veggie straws, or carrot, zucchini, or celery sticks.
Here is the link to the recipe I used. I followed the recipe pretty closely, though feel that 1/4 cup of oil may not be necessary. In the future I am going to try to use half of the oil listed.
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