Well here it is.. finally in my lasting days of Holiday vacation before the bustle…
Another use for summers bountiful zucchini harvest is this smoky zucchini baba ghanoush inspired from Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook. We always grow zucchini in the warm season and are blessed with a bountiful harvest. Besides the usual zucchini recipes, this twist on baba ghanoush always makes an appearance. I like to top it with toasted chopped hazelnuts for texture and an extra sprinkle of paprika and floral olive oil.
Zucchini Baba Ganoush
Just as you would do with classic eggplant baba ghanoush, zucchini cook the same way. You can either place whole zucchini on a charcoal grill or place in the oven like I do with baba ghanoush.
As the zucchini cooks, the skin will blister, char, wrinkle and blacken and personally, the darker the skin, the more smokier in my opinion.
Turn the zucchini on all sides so the entire vegetable chars evenly. Then you are left with tender smoky zucchini flesh that is ready for all the delicious flavorings of tahini and garlic.
Then, just as baba is, a simple drizzle of good quality olive oil just to finish and maybe a healthy sprinkle of something crunch such as chopped hazelnuts or even toasted pine nuts would be fantastic.
More Zucchini Recipe Inspiration:
Smoky Zucchini Baba Ghanoush
- 4 whole zucchini
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped or grated
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 lemon zest and juiced
- Pinch of cayenne
- Chopped roasted hazelnuts
- Fresh mint chopped
- Pinch of paprika
- Pinch of zaatar
- Drizzle of olive oil
- Using a hot grill (I used our charcoal grill for added smoky flavor), cook the zucchini until all sides are blackened. Use tongs to turn it every so often.
- Once done, remove and place in a bowl and cover with foil and allow until easy to handle or room temperature. Once done, carefully remove all the outer charred skin, leaving the soft flesh.
- Add zucchini flesh to food processor along with tahini, garlic, lemon zest and juice and spices and pulse just a few times to mix everything together. Don’t over mix or it will get too thin.
- Once done, pour onto a shallow bowl and garnish with mint, spices, chopped nuts and a good drizzle of olive oil.
This post was originally published June, 2017 and has been updated in May, 2021 with nutritional information.