Creamy Eggplant Spread
Low Carb Creamy Eggplant Spread
Baba ghanoush is a middle-eastern tangy eggplant spread or dip that can be served cold with any kind of middle eastern inspired dishes. It tastes best though on a slice of low carb bread or crackers. This is a ketogenic version of the dish that includes avocado mayo and oil for added fat content.
Both my husband and I love eggplants, particularly when roasted and smokey. I always have him grill them either on charcoal or on the grill for the open fire, but a hot broiler works fine too. My grandmother used to cook them on a pan on the stove until the whole kitchen smelled like smokey eggplant and made us salivate thinking about the spread to follow. Eastern European countries all have various versions of this dish, some including roasted red peppers, tomatoes and onions and others with just roasted eggplant, oil and onion, but they are all delicious.
- 2 big eggplants (when choosing eggplants for this, choose thinner, heavy eggplants. Thin ones have fewer seeds and are easier to grill or bake)
- 1 tsp garlic
- 50 g avocado mayo
- 4 tbsp avocado oil
- 2-3 tsp lime/lemon juice
- Salt an d pepper to taste
- Roast the eggplants under the broiler until dark and you can see the skin peeling away from the flesh. Make sure to regularly flip the eggplants around so that all sides are grilled. The eggplants should feel soft. Do not be alarmed if you see the juice running out, you really do not need all this liquid.
- Place the eggplants in a bowl and cover to steam for 10-15 minutes. When cooled down, peel the black skin away and place the flesh in a colander. Let the water drain as much as possible from the flesh. This water will make the dip too thin otherwise. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your colander. Mine takes longer because I use a small colander.
- Place the eggplants and the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor (without the mayo) and blend until combined.
- Add the mayo and blend until combined. You can play around with the quantity of mayo and even omit it. Some recipes use tahini instead of mayo.
- Serve with pork rinds, keto crackers or keto bread.
- Number of Servings 8
- Calories Per Serving 136
- Fat 12g
- Carbs 7g
- Fiber 3g
- Net Carbs 4g
- Protein 11g
- Fat 84%, Protein 14%, Net Carbs 3%