My husband came home yesterday. He has been away for three weeks for work and so we are in celebration mode tonight, going to the work Christmas party which means I am taking a foodie break in my kitchen. Someone is cooking for me tonight! Before he came home I had to be bad in the kitchen one more time. Actually I also had bacon-wrapped scallops the other night but shhh! Don’t tell!
My husband absolutely hates eggplant. No matter how I many times I have hidden it in our dinner, his sensitive tastebuds discover it. I am not a huge fan of it myself but I do love Baba Ganoush and have never made it myself before. I found an easy recipe by Rachael Ray and I edited it so I ended up with enough dip just for one, in case I did not like it and so I could eat it all up before he comes home!
I split one eggplant in half, brushed it with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepepr and put it under the broiler flesh side down for 20 minutes. I let it cool and then put the flesh in a blender with one grated clove of garlic, a small squeeze of lemon and 1 tbsp of tahini paste. Delish! But I had to eat it with something and thought, why don’t I make my own pita chips? This is a foodie project I have been meaning to take on for a long time but never had so of course, I had to make some!
I bought these whole wheat pitas on sale, cut them into wedges, misted them with some olive oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
I baked them at 375F for 8-10 minutes. Watch them, they can burn, some got scorched. The best part? They are super crunchy without being deep fried! Now I want to make some homemade hummus for my leftover chips.
Think of how much oil and salt I avoided by not eating packaged baba ganoush and pita chips! A lot of supermarket baba ganoush has mayonnaise in it and the pita chips in the stores are sometimes deep friend. No thanks! I have a cute little black dress to wear tonight, I just say no to those extra unhealthy calories by making my own food in my own kitchen.