Baba Ghanoush & Naan Bread

Baba ghanoushFor those of you who don’t know my twin sister Carly and I are going on the Birthright trip which takes us to Israel for two weeks on June 19th! We both couldn’t be more excited about this adventure together. Lately, I’ve been inspired by so many delicious Middle Eastern dishes. So this past weekend to get me in that travelling mood, I decided to whip up some of my dad’s famous red pepper baba ghanoush and naan bread. Its been about three years since I’ve been away somewhere new, so I’m truly looking forward to exploring all of Israel has to offer with my favourite person in the whole world.
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Baba Ghanoush and Naan Bread
  • Baba Ghanoush
  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Naan Bread
  • 1½ cups warm milk
  • ½ tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4-5 Tbsp melted butter
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • salt (optional)
  1. For the Baba Ghanoush
  2. Chop eggplant, red onions, and red bell peppers.
  3. Toss all of the veggies in olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper,
  4. Place in roasting pan and roast for 375 until the veggies and nice and caramelized. About an hour or so, and toss them around midway through. When they're cool put them in a food processor and pulse to the consistency that you like. Taste and adjust the seasoning's.
  5. For the Naan Bread
  6. Add yeast and sugar to warm milk. Let that mixture sit for about 5 minutes.
  7. Add in 3½ cups of flour and mix in either a mixer with a dough hook or hand mix. Sprinkle in more flour as needed to keep it from sticking to sides. Try not to exceed 4¼ flour. Dough will become smooth. If using a mixer this will take approx. 3-5 minutes. If hand mixing you will need to mix and knead for approx 8-10 minutes.
  8. Let dough rise, covered, for 2 hours until the dough has doubled in size.
  9. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces and make each one into a smooth ball. Let dough balls rest, covered with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel, for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven to 500°
  11. Roll out each piece of dough, so they're shaped like an oval.
  12. Place two rolled out piece of dough on cookie sheet and cook for 3-4 minutes or until top is starting to get small light brown spots (it will puff up). After about 4 minutes if there are still no light brown spots on the top, don’t worry there will be spots on the bottom!
  13. Remove each piece, and stack on top of each other so they will go flat. Brush each side with butter, if you'd like to add some garlic powder and a few shakes of salt to the melted butter feel free to do so now!


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