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Whole Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Tahini on a plate with toasted bread
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Whole Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Tahini

Creamy roasted eggplant with garlic tahini sauce!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 2
Calories: 371kcal

Ingredients

Roasted Eggplant:

  • 1 whole eggplant
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Garlic-Tahini:

  • 1/4 c tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 c water
  • salt and pepper

To Serve:

  • 1 heaping cup fresh herbs: mint, parsley and/or dill see note
  • 1 tsp chili flake optional
  • zest of one lemon
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • toasted baguette

Instructions

Roast Eggplant:

  • Preheat the oven to 400. Use the tip of a sharp knife to poke holes all over the eggplant. Season with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the eggplant on a parchment-lined sheet tray and roast for 45 minutes, flipping halfway through. While the eggplant is roasting make the tahini-garlic sauce.

Tahini Garlic Sauce:

  • Whisk together all of the ingredients. The sauces should be creamy and pourable. You may need to add a bit more water. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed!

Assemble and Serve:

  • Cut the warm, roasted eggplant in half with a knife and spread the two sides open over a large plate or platter. Season the flesh of the eggplant with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Pour the tahini-garlic sauce over the eggplant and top with the fresh herbs, lemon zest, and chili flake. Serve with toasted baguette for dipping/spreading!

Notes

How should you serve whole roasted eggplant?
You can serve whole roasted eggplant as an appetizer, side dish or even a vegetarian entree. Serve it alongside warm toasted baguette for dipping and spreading.
 
What types of herbs work best?
Fresh, leafy herbs like parsley, mint, dill, chives, and basil are all acceptable for this recipe. 
 
Do I have to peel eggplant before roasting?
Not for this recipe. Eggplant skin has tons of flavor, especially as it roasts and chars in the oven. Once cooked the flesh of the eggplant can be very easily separated from the skin.
 
What is Tahini? Where can I buy Tahini?
Tahini is a paste made by grinding sesame seeds into a smooth and creamy consistency like peanut butter. Tahini is the main ingredient, aside from chickpeas, in hummus. You can purchase tahini paste in most supermarkets in the same area as nut butters or order it online. One of my favorite brands Soom is available on Amazon get it here: Soom Tahini

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg