This is an alternative / variation to Baba Ganoush and equally delicious!
A couple of marrows (any shape/size – I used a long green one and a lovely bulbous yellow one)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – to taste
Garlic – to taste (I used approximately 2 medium cloves, but I like it very garlicky!)
Tahini paste – optional – to taste (I used approximately a teaspoon)
Fresh lemon juice – to taste (I used approximately one tablespoon)
Sea salt & freshly-ground black pepper – to taste
Flat leaf parsley – a sprinkling
Slice the marrow in half lengthways (if it’s particularly big you might have to cut it into chunks.
If it is the type of marrow that has big stringy seeds inside that you can scoop out, then scoop them out (I had to do this for the yellow one but not for the courgette/zucchini-like long green one).
Drizzle on some olive oil (you don’t necessarily need to use extra virgin for this bit) and sprinkle on some sea salt.
Place on a non-stick baking dish/tray, open side up, in a very hot oven (approximately 220°C)
After about 10 minutes, turn the marrow pieces upside down, skin up, and place back into the oven for about 15 minutes.
Turn them back over, so the flesh is facing upwards, and cook them like this for the rest of the time, until they are nice and soft. Overall cooking time is likely to be 30-45 minutes but depends on the size of the marrows you are using.
Pour off any liquid that may have accumulated inside the marrow, place on a chopping board and leave to cool for a few minutes, then scoop out the insides and place into a bowl.
You will need to leave it to sit for a bit so that the excess water starts separating – gently squeeze the excess water out as you tip it carefully into a sink. You may have to repeat the squeezing a few times so that you don’t end up with a soggy dip!
Finely chop the garlic and mix it into the marrow flesh, along with the tahini, a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt & pepper to taste.
Once you are happy with the taste, drizzle more extra virgin olive oil over the top and sprinkle on some chopped parsley leaves.
Refrigerate until you’re ready to eat – if you can wait that long!!