These one-bite hors d'oeuvres are inspired by the ingredients of a classic Middle Eastern baba ganoush. Serve them hot from the oven or made ahead and chilled.
- 2 medium Japanese eggplants, sliced crosswise 1/2" thick
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1⁄2 tsp. paprika
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
- 1⁄4 cup tahini
- 1 1⁄2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted, for garnish
- 2 tsp. finely chopped oregano, for garnish
Heat oven to 425°. Place eggplant in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Combine oil and paprika in a bowl, brush about 2 tbsp. over eggplant, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, turning once, until golden, about 20 minutes; set aside.
Combine cheese, tahini, juice, honey, salt, pepper, and 1⁄4 cup water in a bowl. Top each round with 1-2 tsp. cheese mixture and drizzle with remaining oil. Garnish with toasted pine nuts and oregano.