Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

This stuffed mushrooms recipe will make you say wow! It’s easy to put together and perfect for entertaining…or snacking. Looking…

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This stuffed mushrooms recipe will make you say wow! It’s easy to put together and perfect for entertaining…or snacking.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Looking for a great healthy appetizer recipe for entertaining…or just snacking? Try this simple stuffed mushrooms recipe! These little bites have everything going on: they’re savory, meaty, and herby, with a tender exterior and a crunch in each bite. In fact, they came out even better than we expected! Even better, this recipe is incredibly easy: no need to sauté filling ingredients. Chop them up, fill, and bake!

Ingredients in this stuffed mushrooms recipe

You can make stuffed mushrooms a million different ways. Our favorite is our spinach artichoke stuffed portabello mushrooms, which are stunning and work as a side or vegetarian dinner. But what about when you want to stuff the little guys, like for party food? Enter this stuffed baby bella mushrooms recipe! We customized it to be quick and simple to put together. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cremini mushrooms, also called baby bella
  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Walnuts (or omit and use more breadcrumbs, but we like the crunch!)
  • Parsley
  • Italian panko (see notes below)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (the powdery kind)
  • Salt and pepper

Let’s talk through a few of the special ingredients, then we’ll get to the method!

Stuffed Mushrooms recipe

Find cremini mushrooms, aka baby bellas

Cremini mushrooms are a small mushroom with a round brown top. Also known as baby bella mushrooms, it’s one of the most widely consumed mushroom varieties in the world. Here are a few fun facts about the cremini:

  • Cremini mushrooms are the same variety as button mushrooms and portobellos. White mushrooms, aka button mushrooms, are an earlier growth stage, so they have a milder flavor. Portobello mushrooms are the oldest stage, so they have the most meaty and savory flavor.
  • What do they taste like? Cremini mushrooms have an earthy, savory flavor that tastes like a milder version of a portobello and a more developed version of a white mushroom.
  • Can you substitute white mushrooms here? Yes! If you can’t find cremini or baby bella, go with white or button mushrooms.

Look for Italian style Panko or breadcrumbs

Another important part of this stuffed mushrooms recipe? Finding Italian-style panko. If you can’t find that, go to Italian breadcrumbs! Here’s what to know:

  • Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs: we like it here because it’s crunchier! But breadcrumbs work just as well.
  • “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or panko easily at your local grocery store.
  • What to do if you can’t find them? Use plain panko or breadcrumbs and add salt and Italian seasonings. Mix the ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).
How to make stuffed mushrooms

How to make stuffed mushrooms: a few tips!

We engineered this stuffed mushrooms recipe to be simpler than most. That means no sautéing filling ingredients: just chop them up and fill the mushrooms! Here are a few things to note about the method (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Use a parchment lined baking sheet, or brush it with oil. Parchment helps for easy clean up!
  • Chop the filling ingredients, then spoon them in! Drizzle a hint of olive oil over the tops to help with browning.
  • Roast until just tender. It should be 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven. Roasting too long makes them soggy, so take care not to over bake.
  • Garnish if you like! We like adding a hint of paprika to the tops for color (not necessarily flavor). Smoked paprika does add a nice hint of smoke if you have it.

Leftover storage info

Once you pull these stuffed mushrooms out of the oven, they’re best right away! Because mushrooms contain a lot of moisture, they can become soggy over time. If you’re leaving out a tray at a party, try to minimize the time that they’re out if possible.

These mushrooms are best right away, but you can save leftovers! Store refrigerated for up to 2 days. They still taste amazing, though the texture is not crunchy. If you’d like, you can reheat them in a 350 degree oven to revive the crunchy texture!

Stuffed Mushrooms

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 mushrooms
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This stuffed mushrooms recipe will make you say wow! It’s easy to put together and perfect for entertaining….or snacking.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms, aka baby bella (3 8-ounce packages or 20 to 24 mushrooms)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons shallot, finely minced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts (or omit and substitute more breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced parsley
  • ½ cup Italian panko or breadcrumbs (gluten-free as necessary)*
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Paprika or smoked paprika, for the garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Clean the mushrooms and gently remove the stems.
  3. Pat the mushrooms dry with a towel and place them in a large bowl. Mix them with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or brush it with olive oil. Add the mushrooms in a single layer on top.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the minced shallot, chopped walnuts, minced parsley, Italian panko*, grated Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Spoon the filling into the mushrooms. Lightly drizzle the tops with olive oil (just a small drizzle).
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked and golden brown on top. Serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of paprika and additional chopped parsley if you like. (Leftovers last 2 days refrigerated, but the filling is less crunchy. You can reheat them in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.)

Notes

*We recommend Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs because they’re already seasoned. Panko is best since it’s the lightest and crunchiest. If all you can find is regular panko or breadcrumbs, mix ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mushrooms

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Marinated mushrooms are bursting with a creamy sausage filling made from mascarpone cheese, bread crumbs, and an assortment of spices in this easy holiday appetizer!
READ: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

A rimmed baking dish with sausage stuffed mushrooms garnished with green onion.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Marinated mushrooms are bursting with a creamy sausage filling made from mascarpone cheese, bread crumbs, and an assortment of spices in this easy holiday appetizer!

READ: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Homemade Granola Bars

This chewy homemade granola bars recipe is so much tastier than store-bought! It’s one of our top healthy snacks to…

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This chewy homemade granola bars recipe is so much tastier than store-bought! It’s one of our top healthy snacks to make at home.

Granola Bars

Here’s a DIY healthy snack recipe that’s 100% worth making at home, if you’re got the time: Homemade Granola Bars! Packaged bars are ultra convenient: we buy them for on-the-go snacks. But the flavor of a homemade bar is infinitely more delicious! The secret here? Lightly toasting the oats brings out a delightfully nutty undertone. Mix them with honey, peanut butter and cinnamon for a pure, wholesome flavor: and add any mix-ins you’d like. Mini-chocolate chips are our favorite: they add a hint of sweetness to what still qualifies as a healthy bar (we think).

Ingredients in this chewy granola bars recipe

This granola bars recipe results in a chewy bar: it’s a no bake recipe that’s the opposite of the crunchy, baked variety. But there’s one spot where you’ll fire up the oven: for toasting the oats. Otherwise, it’s a dump and stir method! Here’s what you’ll need for this healthy granola bars recipe:

  • Creamy peanut butter (or sunflower butter for nut free)
  • Honey (or agave syrup for vegan)
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Mix ins: nuts, dried fruit, seeds, or mini chocolate chips
Granola bars recipe

The flavor key: toasting the oats

This recipe is for no bake granola bars: with the exception of a quick 10-minute stint in the oven for the oats! Don’t even think about omitting this step. Here’s why:

  • Toasting the oats adds major nutty, irresistible flavor. You might be tempted to skip this part, but it’s absolutely worth it! The flavor it adds is incredible.
  • You’ll need just 10 minutes at 350 degrees. It’s quick and simple, and easiest in the oven because it lets you place all the oats in a single layer in a pan. (Technically you can toast oats on the stovetop, which we do in our Toasted Oatmeal recipe.)

Important note on granola bars mix-ins

Mix-ins are where you can get creative in these granola bars! A wide variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruit will work. But here’s an important thing to remember:

  • Finely chop the mix-ins so the bars hold together. Huge nuts and seeds cause the texture of the granola bars to become more fragile, making them break more easily.
  • Use mini chocolate chips, not standard size. Same idea as above: the standard size may cause texture issues. Mini chocolate chips are just the right size for incorporating in a granola bar. Just ½ cup gives great bursts of chocolate flavor. You can chop standard sized chocolate chips if it’s all you have.
Homemade granola bars

Cutting granola bars

After you press your granola bars into a pan and freeze for 10 minutes, they’re ready to cut! You can cut them into different shapes, depending on what you’re looking for. The traditional granola bar rectangle is what you see here, but you can also do squares and get more servings out of it.

  • Cut 14 bar sized shapes: measure each to 4 ½ by 1 ¼ inches
  • Cut 20 rectangles: measure them to be 4 x 5 inches

Store refrigerated (chill a few hours before serving)

This chewy granola bars recipe is best after refrigerating for a few hours, which helps the texture to firm up. Technically you can eat them right away, but we prefer them chilled so they become more solid.

You can store homemade granola bars for up to 3 weeks in a sealed container. If you’d like, you can also individually wrap them in wax paper or parchment paper and secure them with tape.

Healthy granola bars

Granola bar flavor combinations

Our favorite flavor for this recipe? Chewy chocolate chip granola bars, of course! But there are so many more fun flavor combinations. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning:

  • Peanut butter and jelly: add dried cherries or freeze dried strawberries
  • Dried cranberry and white chocolate chips
  • Pepita and cashew
  • Blueberry muffin: add dried blueberries and chopped almonds
  • Pecan pie: Add chopped pecans and ½ teaspoon allspice
  • Coconut mango: Add shredded coconut and chopped dried mango

What are you planning to add to your granola bars? Let us know in the comments below!

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Granola Bars

Granola Bars Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 14 to 20
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This chewy homemade granola bars recipe is so much tastier than store-bought! It’s one of our top healthy snacks to make at home.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added; substitute sunflower butter for nut free)
  • ½ cup honey (or ½ cup agave syrup for vegan)
  • 3 ½ cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Up to 1 cup finely chopped nuts, dried fruit and seeds, or ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Toast the oats: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the oats in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast them for 10 minutes until lightly golden. (This step adds incredible toasty flavor to the oats: don’t skip it!)
  2. Mix the ingredients: Transfer the oats to a large bowl and mix in the peanut butter, honey, oats, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir in mix-ins.
  3. Form into bars: Add a sheet of parchment paper to a 9″ x 9″ pan, letting the edges drape over the sides. Place the mixture into the pan and press it into an even layer. Add a few more mix-ins to the top of the bars, if you’d like. Use a small glass to roll over the top to make them as smooth at possible.
  4. Freeze and cut the bars: Freeze the bars for 10 minutes. Then remove the pan from the freezer and use the parchment to lift the bars out of the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut them into 20 rectangles (that are 4 x 5 inches) or 14 bar sized shapes (that are 4 ½ by 1 ¼ inches). Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. The texture is most solid after you refrigerate for a few hours, so if you have time do that before tasting the first bar. If you’d like, you can individually wrap the bars with parchment paper or wax paper and secure the wrapper with tape.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Snack

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Pineapple Salsa

Each bite of this pineapple salsa recipe is an explosion of sweet, savory, salty and spicy! Eat with chips or…

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Each bite of this pineapple salsa recipe is an explosion of sweet, savory, salty and spicy! Eat with chips or spoon over grilled fish.

Pineapple Salsa

Need an appetizer to impress? Try this Pineapple Salsa! It’s one of the best ways to use a fresh pineapple (other than eating it in chunks off the cutting board, of course). The zing of the lime and heat of the jalapeno are the ideal pairing for this sweet fruit. Grab a juicy, ripe pineapple for this one: scoop it up with chips and each bite is an explosion of sweet, savory, salty and spicy.

Ingredients in pineapple salsa

Salsa simply means “sauce” in Spanish, and refers to a wide variety of sauces that can be made with or without tomatoes. The most popular is the classic tomato salsa, but some of the more interesting salsas are spins with alternative ingredients like mango salsa or peach salsa.

There are many variations on pineapple salsa, depending on the cook. But it often follows the template of a mango salsa and includes the following ingredients:

  • Ripe pineapple
  • Red pepper or tomato
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeño pepper
  • Lime juice
  • Salt
  • Sugar (optional)
Pineapple Salsa

How to cut pineapple

The most time spent in this pineapple salsa is cutting the pineapple! In fact, this salsa recipe does require quite a bit of chopping. It may feel like it takes forever, but it’s worth it! The most challenging part is how to cut a pineapple. Here’s the easiest way to tackle this spiny fruit (or see the video below):

  • Place upside down 30 minutes (optional): Use a large chef’s knife to cut off the top of the pineapple. Turn the pineapple upside down and place it on a plate; allow it to rest 30 minutes. Since pineapples are stored stem side up, gravity makes the juices run to the bottom. Resting the pineapple upside down for 30 minutes helps the juices to run back down and distribute for evenly juicy pieces.
  • Slice off the skin: After 30 minutes, cut off the other end of the pineapple. Remove the skin of the pineapple by slicing it off, following the shape of the pineapple.
  • Cut into quarters and remove the core: Slice the pineapple in half lengthwise. Lay down each pineapple half on the flat cut side, and cut it in half lengthwise again. Remove the core by cutting it out at an angle.
  • Cut chunks, then dice: Slice each quarter in half lengthwise, then turn it and slice in the other direction to create pineapple chunks.

Make a double batch for a crowd

This pineapple salsa recipe makes 2 cups, which is about 4 small servings or 2 medium servings. If you’re serving a crowd, you’ll want to double the recipe for a party-sized batch! This will use approximately an entire fresh pineapple.

The reason we didn’t make the recipe for these quantities? Well, it does take quite a while to finely dice an entire pineapple. It’s also easy to press the 2x button in the recipe below to double the quantities!

Ways to serve pineapple salsa

The best way to serve pineapple salsa is simply with chips, in our opinion. Even better, make it with warm, salty homemade tortilla chips! Here are our top ideas for how to serve pineapple salsa:

Pineapple nutrition facts

Why eat fresh pineapple? There are so many great things about this tropical fruit. Here are a few reasons to spend your time chopping it into pineapple salsa (source):

  • Pineapple is low in calories. 1 cup pineapple chunks has 80 calories.
  • Pineapple is especially rich in Vitamin C: 1 cup provides 131% of your daily value.
  • Pineapple contains disease-fighting antioxidants that may reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Pineapple salsa recipe

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Pineapple Salsa

Easy Pineapple Salsa


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This pineapple salsa recipe is easy and is a burst of tropical, fresh flavor! Eat with chips or spoon over grilled fish.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely diced fresh pineapple (about 1/2 medium fresh pineapple)*
  • ½ cup diced red pepper or diced tomato
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 pinches sugar (optional based on ripeness)
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Finely dice the pineapple, following How to Cut a Pineapple. Dice the red pepper and red onion. Chop the cilantro
  2. Remove the stem, seeds, and ribs of the jalapeño pepper and mince half of the pepper. For a spicier variation, add the seeds and/or the other half of the pepper. 
  3. Mix all ingredients together, then add the lime juice and kosher salt. Taste and add a few pinches sugar if desired to bring out the flavor of the pineapple (depending on the ripeness of the fruit). Serve immediately with chips, or wait 5 minutes to let the flavors meld. Also serve over grilled fish, or with shrimp or chicken.

Notes

*Double these quantities for a party-sized salsa (and allow ample time for chopping!). Press the 2x button for an easy way to double the ingredients. 

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Chopped
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired

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Whipped Ricotta

This whipped ricotta recipe makes an impressive easy appetizer in 5 minutes! Top it with honey for a rich, savory…

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This whipped ricotta recipe makes an impressive easy appetizer in 5 minutes! Top it with honey for a rich, savory sweet bite.

Whipped ricotta

Got 5 minutes? Then you can whip up this stunningly simple appetizer: Whipped Ricotta! This recipe is inspired by one we had at a Mediterranean restaurant, and the pairing of fluffy, savory cheese and gooey golden honey had us all licking our plates. It’s creamy, salty sweet perfection scooped up with some warm bread. It’s the ideal starter to get any meal rolling: and it couldn’t be easier to whip up. (Literally.)

Ingredients for whipped ricotta

What is whipped ricotta? It’s simply ricotta cheese that’s seasoned and whipped until it’s creamy, then served as a dip. All you need is a handful of ingredients for this whipped ricotta recipe, making it ideal for simple entertaining. Unopened ricotta cheese lasts about 2 weeks refrigerated, so grab a container and you can whip this up on moments notice. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Milk, to make it creamy
  • Olive oil, to add richness
  • Salt
  • White or black pepper
  • Honey (optional but recommended)
Whipped Ricotta

How to make whipped ricotta

The easiest way to make whipped ricotta is with a whisk: but if you prefer, you can whip out a stand mixer for this one. Here are our notes on the process:

  • Whisk the ricotta, milk and oil for about 2 minutes until fluffy. Use whisk and whip by hand, or whip on medium speed using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  • A stand mixer is less work and can get it even fluffier, but the whisk is our preferred method (mainly because I prefer not having to clean the stand mixer!).
  • Use white pepper for a uniform look, or black for speckled. We bought some white pepper for this recipe to achieve a perfectly creamy look. But black pepper is just as good and looks nice as a garnish.

A note about serving temperature

One thing to note about whipped ricotta: we like this recipe best when it’s room temperature. The cold ricotta with warm bread wasn’t exactly what we remembered from the restaurant experience we were trying to recreate (which by the way, was Abigail Street in Cincinnati).

You can serve this whipped ricotta recipe immediately, but we recommend letting it sit out to come up to room temperature for about 15 minutes. Or, simply pull the ricotta out of the fridge for about 15 minutes before you want to make it.

Whipped Ricotta

How to serve whipped ricotta (honey & more!)

The sky’s the limit when it comes to serving this whipped ricotta recipe! We have a few opinions on what tastes best, but feel free to add your spin to this easy recipe.

  • Top with honey. The absolute best way to serve whipped ricotta is drizzled with honey. The way the savory and sweet flavors complement each other is truly stunning.
  • Or, top with olive oil. If you’re not a honey fan, you can also top with olive oil for a totally savory experience. (It’s not quite as good, but still delightful.)
  • Eat with warm bread. It’s stellar with grilled bread to infuse some smoky flavor. Or try with warmed pita bread or this homemade flatbread.
  • Or, eat with crackers. A simple way to eat it? With purchased crackers! Find a quality brand you love. This is a good gluten-free option: there are lots of great brands that offer nut or legume-based crackers.

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Whipped ricotta

Whipped Ricotta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This whipped ricotta recipe makes an impressive easy appetizer in 5 minutes! Top it with honey for a rich, savory sweet bite.


Ingredients

  • 16 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon white or black pepper
  • Honey, to serve
  • Fresh thyme or other herbs, to garnish (optional)
  • Pita bread, flatbread or grilled bread, to serve

Instructions

  1. Whisk the ricotta, milk, olive oil, salt and pepper by hand for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Alternatively, whisk on medium speed using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
  2. Optional: Allow to stand 15 minutes before serving so it comes to room temperature. (You can also do this with the container of ricotta before whisking it.) You can serve immediately if you like, it will just be slightly cold.
  3. To serve, top with honey and if using, fresh thyme. Serve with warm pita bread, grilled bread, or crackers.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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Classic Gazpacho

This classic gazpacho recipe is a vibrant red-orange and full of traditional Spanish flavor! It’s quick to blend up this…

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This classic gazpacho recipe is a vibrant red-orange and full of traditional Spanish flavor! It’s quick to blend up this summer soup.

Gazpacho recipe

What’s better than a creamy, cool gazpacho on a blazing hot day? Sure, some Americans aren’t into cold soups. But this Spanish soup, born in the heat of Southern Spain, is the true definition of refreshing. The cool puree of tomato and cucumber against the zing of the sherry vinegar and rich olive oil is truly one of life’s great pleasures. Finally, we’ve got a great recipe for a summer gazpacho: made like the Spanish do.

What’s gazpacho, exactly?

Gazpacho is a cold tomato-based soup from the Andalusia region of Southern Spain. It’s made of raw, pureed vegetables and is now eaten around the world. An important thing about gazpacho: it’s intended as a refreshment on a hot day, not to be a filling main course! So it’s usually served as a starter or tapas recipe. There are a few similar Spanish soups, like salmorejo (creamier and made with bread) and ajoblanco (a white garlic version).

Lucky for us, Alex and I have been able to experience first hand a good, cold gazpacho in the Spanish heat! It was our first meal in country on a trip to Spain a few years ago, in a tiny restaurant in the center of a white-washed village. Dang, was it refreshing! Since then, we’ve been perfecting our perfect gazpacho recipe to recreate that special moment.

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Here’s the Spanish village where we had the transcendental gazpacho

Ingredients in a classic gazpacho recipe

The ingredients in a classic Spanish gazpacho vary, like any traditional recipe. Everyone has their perfect way to make gazpacho! Here are the ingredients we selected to make this gazpacho similar to our perfect Spanish rendition:

  • Ripe tomatoes: only the best, ripe summer tomatoes will do
  • Cucumber
  • Red bell pepper
  • Shallot: this brings a more subtle flavor than onion, which can be spicy
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Sherry vinegar: traditionally used in Spanish recipes and brings in that authentic flavor
  • Smoked paprika: the secret ingredient! See below.
  • Salt
Gazpacho recipe

What makes this gazpacho recipe great

There are good gazpacho recipes, and there are great ones. We hope you’ll find this one to be in the latter category! We’ve studied the Spanish tradition and tried to stick as close to authentic as possible. Here are a few notes on what makes this recipe great:

  • Sherry vinegar and smoked paprika bring authentic flavor. Smoked paprika (aka pimentón) is a traditional Spanish ingredient and adds just the right hint of complexity here. Sherry vinegar is another Spanish ingredient, and it’s astringent flavor lends just the right flair. It’s worth finding for this recipe.
  • It nixes the bread. Some Spanish gazpacho recipes use soaked bread for creaminess, but it can dilute the flavor. Plus, we took cues from our favorite Spanish Chef (José Andrés) who doesn’t use it in his. Try a Salmorejo recipe for a bread-thickened soup.
  • It’s pureed, but not strained. Some chefs strain their gazpacho, but we like ours pureed, right from the blender. But we think a good gazpacho should be blended, not chunky! Chunky gazpacho seems to be more of an American creation, not Spanish.

Chill until cold, about 2 hours (or up to 3 days)

Gazpacho is very simple to make: simply throw the ingredients in a blender, and blend until pureed! The hardest part is waiting for it to chill. Here are a few notes:

  • Chilling makes it cold, and helps the flavors meld. Don’t be tempted to throw it in the freezer to speed things up. The timing helps the flavors to mesh while they also cool.
  • Refrigerate up to 3 days. Personally we like it within 1 day of making. But you can also make in advance and refrigerate until serving.
Gazpacho

How to garnish gazpacho

A great gazpacho is also all about the garnish! It works in either bowls or small cups or glasses. It’s most often served with chopped veggies and a crusty piece of bread. Here’s what to use for a garnish for gazpacho:

  • Chopped tomatoes, cucumbers or shallot
  • Fresh herbs like oregano, chives or basil
  • Crusty bread like crostini or grilled bread
  • Olive oil drizzle

More Spanish recipes

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 small servings (about 4 cups)
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ripe quality tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped (about 3 large)
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  2. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours, or up to 3 days before serving.
  3. Serve topped with additional chopped veggies, a drizzle of olive oil, and toasted bread. 
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: Gazpacho, gazpacho recipe

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Pan Con Tomate

Pan con tomate (“bread with tomato”) is an easy Spanish tapas recipe! It’s quite possibly the best way to use…

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Pan con tomate (“bread with tomato”) is an easy Spanish tapas recipe! It’s quite possibly the best way to use a ripe tomato…period.

Pan Con Tomate

Got a ripe summer tomato? Here’s quite possibly one of the best ways to use it…in the world. Try Pan Con Tomate, a Spanish tapas recipe with only a few ingredients but immeasurably massive flavor. Take one bite and it’s like ingesting the pure soul of a tomato: all its memories of growing plump in the summer sun. This transcendental summer tomato recipe will make you a quick convert.

What is pan con tomate?

Pan con tomate translates to “bread with tomato,” a Spanish dish that consists of toasted bread topped with tomato pulp, garlic and olive oil. It’s served throughout Spain as tapas or a snack, and it’s especially common in Catalan cuisine where it’s called Pa amb tomàquet.

I fell in love with pan con tomate when I lived in Madrid in university, then again when Alex and I visited Spain recently. Many tapas-style restaurants have popped up in the US since then that have imported the concept. It’s important to honor the heritage of this incredible dish: Spanish cuisine, which has also brought us iconic dishes like paella, sangria, gazpacho, and more.

Pan con tomate

Ingredients for pan con tomate

Pan con tomate is one summer’s best concepts: this Spanish recipe uses just 5 ingredients with no real cooking involved! It’s best for when you’ve got a big, juicy summer tomato. One bite, and you’ll be happy dancing with the explosive flavors! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Bread
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt

Grill or broil the bread

The bread for pan con tomate can be grilled or toasted in the broiler. Either way, spread the bread slices with a bit of olive oil and salt before cooking it. Here are the pros and cons to each method:

  • Grilled bread: Grilled bread is very traditional and adds a charred flavor. This is best flavor-wise, but it does take time to preheat the grill.
  • Broiled bread: Broiled bread doesn’t have a charred flavor, but it’s quick and easy in the broiler! Broiling gets it nice and crispy, with dark edges.
Pan con tomate

Grate the tomatoes

How to get that beautiful tomato essence in pan con tomate? You’ll grate the tomatoes. Yes, grab a box grater and use the large holes to grate the tomato into a bowl. You’ll feel like you’re destroying it! But take one taste of the pulp, and it will make your tastebuds sing! Season it with a few pinches of kosher salt.

Rub the bread with garlic

The other key to pan con tomate is seasoning the bread with garlic. Unlike a bruschetta where you mince the garlic, with this Spanish tapas recipe you’ll rub the garlic right onto the toast.

  • Peel the garlic and slice it in half.
  • Take the cut side and rub it right onto the bread. You won’t see anything on the bread, and it will feel like you haven’t done anything. But one taste and you’ll see that it’s infused with the intoxicating aroma of fresh garlic!
Pan con tomate

Make pan con tomate right before serving

Take one bite of pan con tomate, and it’s absolute magic: the crunch of the bread, the juicy tomato pulp, and the golden rich drizzle of olive oil. In fact, you’ll want to eat it every day. But here’s the thing: the tomatoes do make the bread soggy over time. So it’s best to eat this treat right away!

If you’re serving this as a tapas appetizer at a party, try to avoid letting it sit out on a table for hours. Pass it around or have people enjoy it right as it comes out of the kitchen. If you want to make it in advance, here’s what to do:

  • Grate the tomatoes and refrigerate the pulp. Bring it to room temperature before serving.
  • Toast the bread and assemble right before serving. You’ll want to keep that bread deliciously crunchy!

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Pan Con Tomate


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Pan con tomate (“bread with tomato”) is an easy Spanish tapas recipe! It’s quite possibly the best way to use a ripe tomato…period.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 rustic baguette (8 slices)
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes (1 pound)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Grill or broil the bread: Cut bread into 1/2-inch slices cut on the bias. Place the slices on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil onto each slice, followed by a sprinkle of kosher salt. Grill the bread or broil it on high until the bread until toasted and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. (As a quicker method, you can use a toaster.)
  2. Grate the tomato: Meanwhile, use the large holes of a box grater to grate the tomatoes into a bowl, discarding the skins (you will get about 1 cup pup). Season the grated tomatoes with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste.
  3. Serve: When the bread is done, rub each piece of bread with the cut side of the garlic (this will infuse a large amount of garlic flavor into the toast). Spoon the tomato pulp onto each slice. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and serve immediately. The bread becomes soggy after a few minutes, so top with the tomatoes directly before serving.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: Pan con tomate

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Tequila Watermelon Skewers

Watermelon tequila skewers are insanely fun and refreshing! The zing of the alcohol watermelon combo will impress everyone. Here’s a…

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Watermelon tequila skewers are insanely fun and refreshing! The zing of the alcohol watermelon combo will impress everyone.

Watermelon tequila

Here’s a deliciously refreshing summer recipe that you need…stat. It’s a bit of a crazy idea, but stick with us here: Watermelon Tequila Skewers! Yes, you’ll most often see watermelon and tequila paired in a cocktail (and who could turn down a watermelon margarita?). But sprinkle some over watermelon cubes and it’s absolute genius! Here’s how to make this tasty party trick.

Want drinks instead? Go to Watermelon Drink Ideas.

Ingredients for watermelon tequila skewers

This novel idea for summer entertaining is courtesy of Alex, who had the crazy idea of sprinkling tequila over some cubes from our watermelon salad. It had the best zingy, sweet tart flavor that was intensely refreshing! We knew we had to turn it into a party treat. Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Ripe seedless watermelon: make sure it’s a best quality, sweet ripe melon!
  • Fresh mint: Just a few leaves bring big flavor, and they’re perfect for garnish
  • Lime juice
  • Tequila
Watermelon tequila

Why the alcohol watermelon combination works

You’ve probably heard about a vodka watermelon, where you make a hole in a watermelon and pour in a whole bottle of vodka. We’ve heard mixed reviews of this stunt, and most people say it doesn’t work. Since we don’t like wasting alcohol (especially an entire bottle), we haven’t tried it.

So why not use just ¼ cup tequila to try this tasty appetizer or treat? The way that tequila brings out the zing of the lime and the sweetness of the watermelon is unbeatable. You really do have to try it to believe it!

How much alcohol is in these tequila watermelon skewers? The overall alcohol content is very low. The recipe of 6 servings has just a little more alcohol than one classic margarita.

Mix the ingredients and chill 1 hour (or not…)

All you have to do to make this recipe? Combine the watermelon, tequila, lime juice, mint: and then wait! It tastes best when it’s nicely chilled and the ingredients have a little time to meld together.

Don’t want to wait? That’s ok too! It tastes good right away, and even better if you start with a chilled watermelon. But for best results, chill 1 or 2 hours before serving.

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Serve the watermelon tequila juice in shot glasses

Here’s another genius serving idea for these watermelon tequila skewers (courtesy of Alex, of course!). You’ll notice after refrigerating the skewers that juice builds up at the bottom of the container. Yes, it’s all that delicious watermelon tequila lime goodness that’s just oozing out of the fruit!

You can use that too: just strain it though a cocktail shaker into little shot glasses! It makes the cutest presentation and one sip of the liquid? It’s drop dead delicious.

Let us know if you make these alcohol watermelon skewers in the comments below: we’d love to know what you think!

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Tequila Watermelon Skewers


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Watermelon tequila skewers are insanely fun and refreshing! The zing of the alcohol watermelon combo will impress everyone.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon (about 2 1/2 pounds or 1/4 medium melon)
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) tequila
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint, plus more leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place the watermelon in a large bowl and sprinkle with the lime juice, tequila and chopped mint. Toss until well coated.
  2. Place in a covered container and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day (it’s best when it’s freshest).
  3. To serve, place watermelon chunks on cocktail picks or short skewers. If you’d like, use a cocktail shaker to strain the remaining juice from the bottom of the container into shot glasses, to be enjoyed along with the watermelon!
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Watermelon tequila, Alcohol watermelon

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

This epic gluten free banana bread recipe will make its way into your heart on first bite! It’s deliciously moist…

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This epic gluten free banana bread recipe will make its way into your heart on first bite! It’s deliciously moist and made with oats.

Gluten free banana bread

Who needs AP flour, really? This one’s our favorite banana bread recipe…and there’s no flour to speak of. Just good old fashioned oats, bananas and a bit of magic. Try this golden brown Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe! It’s got just the right moist texture, nuanced sweetness, and pure banana flavor. There’s a crunchy sugar topping, too (yum). Whip it all up in a blender and wait while comfy, cozy aroma winds it’s way from the oven.

What you need for gluten free banana bread

For gluten free banana bread, there are three basic options for the flour component. Make it with oat flour, almond flour, or gluten free flour. Gluten free flour can have additives and gums, so we don’t generally use it in our recipes. Almond flour is delicious but send the calories through the roof. So we picked oats! You’ll use the same trick behind our Healthy Banana Muffins: blend them up until they form a natural flour. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats (not steel cut or instant oats)
  • Very ripe bananas
  • Sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • Baking soda, baking powder and salt
  • Eggs
  • Neutral oil
  • Honey
  • Vanilla and cinnamon
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping
Gluten free banana bread recipe

Tips for this banana bread recipe

This gluten free banana bread is a riff on some of our blender muffins and breads, but even better. We’ve tested it time upon time to get it just right! Here are a few things to keep in mind when you make it:

  • Use the ripest possible bananas. This is the cardinal rule of banana bread, and especially true with the gluten free variety. Don’t attempt this without brown bananas.
  • Mash and measure the bananas. You’ll use half in the blender, then stir in half so the batter gets a lumpy texture: just like normal banana bread!
  • Allow to come to room temp before cutting. This is important, since it doesn’t have gluten to hold it together.
  • Cut large slices. This also helps the bread stay together without gluten.

How to tell when it’s done

This banana bread gets dry when overbaked. How to know when it’s done? The top should be puffed and golden brown. When you insert a toothpick, it will come out mostly dry but with some crumbs still clinging to it. If you push it to a fully dry toothpick, the bread will be too dry. Trust us!

Gluten free banana bread

Gluten free banana bread mix-ins

You can add mix-ins to this gluten-free banana bread, but read this important note first. Adding anything to the texture of this banana bread can cause it to be less stable when sliced. If you do want to add mix-ins, chop them as small as possible. For example:

  • Try mini or small chocolate chips
  • Chop walnuts or pecans very small

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Gluten free banana bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This delicious gluten free banana bread recipe will make its way into your heart on first bite! It’s deliciously moist and made with oats.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (do not use steel cut or instant oats)
  • 1 ½ cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 4 medium bananas)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 eggs (or flax eggs for vegan)
  • ½ cup neutral oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • Turbinado sugar or more granulated sugar, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  
  2. Grease an 8 or 9-inch bread pan with oil.
  3. Add the oats to a blender and blend until the oats are finely ground and resemble a flour. Add ¾ cup of the mashed bananas, the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, eggs, neutral oil, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon, stirring a bit with a spatula to incorporate the liquids a bit before you start. Blend until a smooth batter forms, stopping and scraping the bowl of the blender as necessary. Stir in the remaining ¾ cup bananas with a spatula so the batter comes to a lightly lumpy texture (like you’d expect in a good banana bread!). 
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Top with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar or more granulated sugar.
  5. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean but with some clinging crumbs (the exact timing depends on the size of pan and your oven). 
  6. Allow to cool in the pan until room temperature (this is important for the texture). Run a knife around the edges and invert. Slice into thick pieces and serve (because it’s 100% oats, thicker slices are better). Storage info: Stores for about 3 days at room temperature: keep it on a cutting board and cover with a towel. Or store refrigerated for 1 week, or freeze it in slices for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Baked Good
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Quick Bread

Keywords: Gluten free banana bread

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Classic Baba Ganoush

This baba ganoush recipe is so creamy and delicious! A classic Mediterranean dip, it’s perfect for appetizer spreads or healthy snacking. Baba ganoush lovers, unite! This creamy dip is a Lebanese classic with a smoky finish to the flavor that makes it absolutely irresistible for dipping. Turns out, it’s actually very simple to make at home, and a fabulous eggplant recipe for when you’re brainstorming what to do with this vegetable. This specific baba ganoush recipe comes straight from the book Tables and Spreads by Shelly Westerhausen Worcel of Vegetarian Ventures. It’s an incredible collection to help you nosh your way entertaining and happy hour! Here’s how to make it: and more about this fantastic collection. What is baba ganoush? Baba ganoush is a Lebanese eggplant dip made with roasted or grilled eggplant, tahini, olive oil, and lemon. It’s also spelled Baba ghanoush or baba ghanouj. It’s common in cuisines all over the Mediterranean, but it’s Lebanese in origin. While many Greek restaurants serve baba ganoush, the Greek version of eggplant dip is melitzanosalata. What makes baba ganoush taste smoky? Traditionally baba ganoush is made with eggplant that’s been roasted over a fire or grilled, which infuses a light smoky […]

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This baba ganoush recipe is so creamy and delicious! A classic Mediterranean dip, it’s perfect for appetizer spreads or healthy snacking.

Baba ganoush

Baba ganoush lovers, unite! This creamy dip is a Lebanese classic with a smoky finish to the flavor that makes it absolutely irresistible for dipping. Turns out, it’s actually very simple to make at home, and a fabulous eggplant recipe for when you’re brainstorming what to do with this vegetable. This specific baba ganoush recipe comes straight from the book Tables and Spreads by Shelly Westerhausen Worcel of Vegetarian Ventures. It’s an incredible collection to help you nosh your way entertaining and happy hour! Here’s how to make it: and more about this fantastic collection.

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Keep reading for more about Tables & Spreads — recipe excerpted from the book with permission from Shelly Westerhausen Worcel

What is baba ganoush?

Baba ganoush is a Lebanese eggplant dip made with roasted or grilled eggplant, tahini, olive oil, and lemon. It’s also spelled Baba ghanoush or baba ghanouj. It’s common in cuisines all over the Mediterranean, but it’s Lebanese in origin. While many Greek restaurants serve baba ganoush, the Greek version of eggplant dip is melitzanosalata.

What makes baba ganoush taste smoky? Traditionally baba ganoush is made with eggplant that’s been roasted over a fire or grilled, which infuses a light smoky flavor. The easiest way to make it at home is roasted, so here we’ve added smoked paprika for a hint of the smoke we expect from a baba ganoush recipe!

How to make baba ganoush at home

Now, the best baba ganoush you can have is from a Lebanese restaurant! It’s hard to capture the beauty of this traditional eggplant dip at home. But you can get pretty close! Again, the traditional grilled method is what really takes it over the top (see below). But Shelly’s method from Tables and Spreads is simply delicious and easy to pull off. Just make sure to have enough time to roast or grill the eggplant! Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe):

  • Roast or grill the eggplant: This takes about 30 minutes total. On the grill, it depends on the size of the eggplant (see below).
  • Remove the flesh from the skin. Quick tip: to remove bitterness, you can remove some of the very seedy parts of the eggplant when you do this.
  • Food process with the other ingredients. Add tahini, lemon, garlic and spices and blend. We like adding a bit of smoked paprika to get in that smoky flavor.
  • Serve! Then top with all the garnishes: olive oil, walnuts, smoked paprika, parsley, etc! The book has a delicious fried walnuts and pomegranate seeds topping idea (head here to learn more about the book).
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Alternate method: grilled whole eggplant!

The most traditional way to make a baba ganoush recipe is with eggplant charred over an open flame. The best way to do this is with a grill! Here are a few things to note about making a grilled whole eggplant:

  • Grill it whole over medium high heat. That’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook until collapsed and charred, about 25 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the eggplant. Once you’re done, you can pick back up at the blending step.

About the book: Tables & Spreads!

This baba ganoush recipe comes straight from Shelly Westerhausen Worcel’s beautiful new book, Tables & Spreads. The cover claims it’s a go-to guide for beautiful snacks, intimate gathering and inviting feasts: and is it ever! It’s filled with Shelly’s brilliantly colorful photography style (which we adore) and full of incredible ideas for entertaining spreads. Now that we can all gather again, it’s a perfect manual for

Shelly is a dear friend of ours we’ve known for years: so not only do we vouch for her recipes, we know first hand that she’s an overall incredible human, too. The spreads that she puts together are inventive, unique, and perfect for creative at-home entertaining. And just so you know: you don’t have to share them with friends either! There are plenty of ideas for a happy hour dinner in (a fun concept everyone enjoys over here!). Congrats to Shelly on this fantastic collection!

Baba ganoush recipe

What to use for dipping baba ganoush

What to serve with baba ganoush? There are many foods you can use for dipping: but we have a few favorites. Then of course, there’s how to accessorize your spread! The book has this recipe as part of a Falafel Mezze Spread that includes a few items below. Here’s what to try:

  • Pita bread: Doughy, stretchy warm pita bread is the ultimate dipper (try our flatbread)
  • Pita chips: Or, use the crunchy version (here’s a homemade recipe)
  • Falafel: Try our falafel or the falafel patties recipe from the book
  • Israeli couscous with herbs and olive oil (see the book)
  • Greek yogurt mixed with olive oil and fresh herbs (see the book)
  • Vegetables: Cherry tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, red onion, roasted red peppers

Storing leftovers and make ahead info

You can store leftover homemade baba ganoush refrigerated for up to 3 days. We think it’s best made freshly or within the first day. We did notice that during storage over a few days, the baba ganoush started to discolor. If you’re making it for entertaining, we’d suggest to roast the eggplant in advance and keep it whole: then blend up the dip prior to serving.

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Baba ganoush is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Classic Baba Ganoush


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This baba ganoush recipe is so creamy and delicious! A classic Mediterranean dip, it’s perfect for appetizer spreads or healthy snacking.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds eggplant (1 large or 2 medium)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, loosely packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the topping: Olive oil, chopped walnuts, pomegranate seeds, torn parsley leaves, smoked paprika, etc

Instructions

  1. Roast the eggplant*: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Poke the eggplant all over with a fork to speed up the cooking process and put it on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until the eggplant is easily pierced with a knife. Remove from the oven and let cool. 
  2. Blend the baba ganoush: Once the eggplant is cool enough to handle, slice the eggplant in half and scrape out the insides into a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, removing large portions of seeds as you can (this minimizes any bitterness from the seeds). Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt, cumin and smoked paprika. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. With the motor running, pour in the olive oil and process for another 30 seconds or until light and fluffy. 
  3. Serve: Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and top with desired toppings. Serve with pita chips or pita bread. Leftovers store up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature when serving. 

Notes

*Traditionally eggplant for baba ganoush is grilled, which infuses a distinct smoky flavor. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the eggplant directly on the grill grates and grill for about 25 to 45 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred and tender and the eggplant shape collapses. Then go to step 2. 

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Baba ganoush, Baba ganoush recipe

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