Baba Ghanoush

1 large Eggplant, whole
1-2 T Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1/4 C Lemon Juice
2 T Tahini (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Either over the open flame of a gas range, under an electric broiler, or over a hot grill, roast the whole eggplant until the skin is charred and blistered and the eggplant is soft. Set aside to cool.

Once cool, peel off as much of the skin as possible and place the flesh in a food processor. Add the garlic, oil, tahini (if using), and lemon juice, and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve as a side with fresh pita bread, or spread on any sandwich for an extra creamy, smoky punch.