baba ghanoush

ba·​ba gha·​noush | \ˌbä-bə-gə-ˈnüsh \
variants: or baba ghanouj \ ˌbä-​bə-​gə-​ˈnüzh \

Definition of baba ghanoush 

: an appetizer or spread made chiefly of eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon

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Ramekins hold Middle Eastern labneh (think yogurt) with za’atar and chickpeas, there’s an eggplant spread something like baba ghanoush, mashed avocado, tuna salad, feta, side salad, Greek yogurt with granola, jam, and a very good multigrain roll. Sheryl Julian,, "Cafe Landwer in Audubon Circle is a taste of home for local Israeli-born residents," 9 July 2018 Try going during off hours if crowds aren't your thing, but the customers are a nice community of people who just all happen to have that same hankering for baba ghanoush and taramasalata. Bon Appetit, "Sahadi's," 25 June 2018 There’s the requisite hummus and baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, grape leaves and the like. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Dearborn's La2 Mooshi Grill melds Lebanese and Brazilian," 31 May 2018 Hermiz Younan, Elias’ father, quit his corporate job in the ’90s and opened a small deli in the back of a liquor store, serving bites like baba ghanoush, hummus and spinach pies — all his or his wife Helene’s recipes. Grace Wong,, "Cedar House serving up Lebanese cuisine in Lincoln Park, plus more openings," 28 Mar. 2018 Cups of hummus and baba ghanoush ($3.49 each) were pleasant add-ons. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Halal Guys just might be the champ of Arlington's Champions Park dining scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 The Middle Eastern kitchen, inside a CBD convenience store, makes some of the city's best falafels, kibbeh and baba ghanoush. Todd A. Price,, "Cleo's Mediterranean moves to Canal Street, will expand to French Quarter," 8 Jan. 2018 Parents who want to inflict vegetables on their children won't regret the leftover broccolini the little monsters leave behind; it's dressed with feta cheese, and conceals an understory of baba ghanoush. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "At the Kennison chef Bill Walker picks up where Perennial Virant left off," 14 Sep. 2017 There was mushroom and tarragon soup for starters, but also the Turkish eggplant dish imam bayildi served with baba ghanoush and fresh goat’s curd. Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "This Seaside Town in England Is a Food Traveler's Dream," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of baba ghanoush

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baba ghanoush

Arabic dialect bābaghanūj

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